A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America

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On a hot summer ight in 1930, three black teenagers accused of killing a young hite man and raping his girlfriend waited for justice in an Indiana jail. A mob dragged them from the jail and lynched two of them. No one in Marion, Indiana was ever punished for the crime. In a rivetin account, James H. Madison refutes the popular perception that lynching was confined to the South, and clarifies 20th-century America 's painful encounters with race, justice, and memory.
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A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America
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Published January 4th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published February 1st 2001

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Madison does a deep dive into the history of Marion leading up to the lynching, the midnigh of the lynching, and the effects specifically on Marion, Ind. I enjoy the limited scope, and he focus he gives to a andful of characters.It 's important in the thing that it totally demolishes myths surrounding some North/South racial-harmony/racist dichotomy, reveals the good people of Marion quickly becoming a self-protecting mob of violence and hate, and how quickly something, or a place, seemingly benign, can grow malignant and deadly all at once, towns as palce and streets and roads but also as collective consciousness.

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Think everyone should read ook if nothing but the act that it an happen in your own backyard and get pushed to think about how to have nything like this to ever happen again.

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Interestingly, it may have mostly disappeared from America 's collective memory except as an aberration from the stereotypical norm of lynchings being a mostly Southern phenomenon.That is, it may have been forgotten except for the picture taken by a local photographer named Lawrence Beitler who printed off hundreds of copies and sold them to gawkers the next ay.

Two young men hang dead while a crowd of onlookers gawk.

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