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date: 14 July 2020

Lynching, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Stewart E. TolnayStewart E. Tolnay, E.M. BeckE.M. Beck

a form of illegal execution, usually of a person accused of a crime or some type of deviant behavior.Historically, most lynching victims in the United States have been African-American males. However, women, native-born white males, and members of other minority groups (including European immigrants, Chinese, and Hispanics), were also lynched, though in much smaller numbers. Although lynchings are often equated with hanging, other methods that have been used include shooting, burning, and drowning, sometimes followed by the mutilation and/or public display of the corpse. Some lynchings were carried out by large mobs, while others involved groups of only three or four members. White supremacist or nativist groups like the ... ...

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