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1 Race, Place and Repertoire Change in U.S. Lynching, Richard Hogan Paper presented at Social Science History Association Meetings, Vancouver, Canada, November 2012

2 Preliminaries The Problem: romanticizing Old West to legitimate lynching as vigilantism The goal: rewrite Western and Southern histories: interests and actors and epochs; repertoire change and learning to lynch

3 Guiding Assertions Vigilantism is contentious gathering in defense of class interests not adequately defended by local authorities Lynching tends to be confounded with vigilantism but tends to differ – Status versus class interests – Public ritual of private justice – Terrorize and torture “other” Both are Part of Old Repertoire

4 Old and New Repertoires of Contention in U.S., Patronized Autonomous Orientation To Powerholders Scope of Action Local National anti-proprietor revolts: militia rebellions: festivals: Stamp Act of 1765 tax revolts: food riots: tenants’ rebellions: squatters’ rebellions: slave rebellions: vigilantism: LYNCHING expulsion: boycotts: 1765-present cooperatives: 1870-present strike election rally public meeting demonstration social movement OLD NEW

5 Social Change in the U.S., Colonial America: Colonial Revolt: National Period: Revolutionary Period: Consolidation and Increase in Scale: 1945-present

6 Two Simple Questions How and why does lynching emerge in 1830 as an alternative to frontier vigilantism, plantation flogging, and paramilitary runaway slave patrols? How and why does lynching change between 1830 and 1930?

7 Simple Answers Lynching is innovation at the margin of vigilantism and terrorism – Defense of class and status interests – Inspired by political opportunities – transformation of U.S. institutions, Specific form shaped by – Nature of republican capitalism then and there – Cultural baggage brought along – Experience of institutional transformation

8 Simple Distinction Frontier Vigilantism – White men – Somewhat public meeting: gathering of citizens – Private posse, judge, jury, execution – Leave the body hanging to warn would-be outlaws Southern Lynching – white on black – Public spectacle of disguised members of KKK – No attempt to mimic due process – Torture and barbarism

9 The Messy Details of History There seem to be distinct vigilante and lynching behaviors – Vigilantism in West before 1876 – Lynching in South after 1890 But these vary from State to State and seem to converge over time – vigilantism becomes more or less racial and barbarous in general – Before and after Civil War/Reconstruction

10 Data Michael Pfeifer, The Roots of Rough Justice (U. IL, 2011) Stephen J. Leonard, Lynching in Colorado (U. CO, 2002) Michael Pfeifer, Lynching Beyond Dixie (U. IL, forthcoming) Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, “Reports of Outrages” (Gov. Bullock’s correspondence, GA archives, 1868)

11 Black Vigilante Lynching Victims Reported for South, , by Date and Method (N=56) TimeBurningHangingShootingUnknownN %(12)17%(3)11%(2)5%(1) %(14)61%(23)-(0)3%(1)38 Total46%2646%264%(2)4%(2)56 Source: Pfeifer (2011), Appendix

12 Vigilante Lynching Victims from Colorado, YearsVictimsWhite Anglo (%) (89%) (84%) (81%) (50%)* Total (80%) Source: Leonard (2002), Appendix A * Other victims included four blacks, one Chinese, five Italians, and five Mexicans.

13 Lynching Outside South by Race and (N=578) Race Total PercentN N N Black9%3628%4514%81 White77%32161%9773%418 Other15%6111%1814%79 Total100%418100%160100%578 Source: Pfeifer (forthcoming)

14 Lynching Outside South by Method before 1890 and after 1889 (N=578) Method*Before 1890After 1889Total PercentN N N Hanging84%35166%10579%456 Shooting7%3114%239%54 Unknown6%248%136%37 Other3%1212%195%31 Total100%418100%16010%578 Source: Pfeifer (forthcoming) * coded as most barbaric (in descending order: mutilation, burning, strangulation, beating, flogging, hanging, shooting) when more than one method was used)

15 Lynching by Race in Arizona and Indiana RaceIndianaArizona percentNPercentN Black27%18-0 Latino-033%19 Native American-07%4 White73%4860%34 Total6657 Source: Pfeifer (forthcoming)

16 Lynching by Race in Arizona and Indiana before 1877 RaceIndianaArizona percentNPercentN Black17%4-0 Latino-076%13 Native American-06%1 White83%2018%3 Total6617 Source: Pfeifer (forthcoming)

17 Lynching by Race in Arizona and Indiana after 1876 RaceIndianaArizona percentNPercentN Black33%14-0 Latino-015%6 Native American-08%3 White67%2878%31 Total4240 Source: Pfeifer (forthcoming)

18 Lynching Victims by Region and State (N=578) RegionStateNRegionStateN MidwestTotal298North EastTotal 10 IA 61 ME 1 IL 45 NJ 1 IN 66 NY 4 MI 7 PA 4 MN 22WestTotal264 NB 30 AZ 57 ND 10 ID 22 OH 28 MT 45 SD 12 NV 24 WI 17 OR 5 Border SouthTotal 5 UT 15 AK 3 WA 40 DE 2 WY 56 OtherHI1 Source: Pfeifer (forthcoming)

19 Taking Stock Antebellum Southern lynching moves toward vigilantism (hanging) Non-South vigilantism moves toward lynching (becomes racial and barbarous) Each State is different – Indiana horse-thief protection towards KKK – Arizona terrorist colonialism toward vigilantism - Midwest and Western States vary

20 Lessons to Learn Variation across time and place makes validity and reliability of estimates problematic Further we move from data the more problematic this becomes So let’s get close to Georgia outrages – Reported by Freedmen’s Bureau to Governor – Covering January to November election of 1868 – Indicates mix of crimes, vigilantism, lynching

21 Crimes Imputed from Outrages Reported in Georgia, January-November 15, 1868 (N=355) CrimePercentN Murder28%101 Beating26%91 Shooting24%85 Stabbing7%26 Whipping5%19 Shooting At5%17 Other*5%16 Total100%355 Source: Bureau of Refugees, Freedman (1868) * “Other” includes threatening with weapon (5), kidnapping (4), unknown (wounded: 3), hanging (not killed: 2), attempted murder (2)

22 Race of Perpetrator (N=425) RacepercentN Black6%26 White66%280 Unknown28%119 Total100%425 Source: Bureau of Refugees, Freedman (1868)

23 Percent Arrested by Race of Perpetrator (N=425) ArrestedNot ArrestedTotal RacePercentN N Black58%1542%1126 White15%4185% Unknown7%893% Total15%6485% Source: Bureau of Refugees, Freedman (1868)

24 Percent Arrested by Race for Murders (N=119) arrestednot arrestedTotal racePercentN N Black71%1229%517 White7%493%5357 Unknown11%589%4045 Total18%2182%98119 Source: Bureau of Refugees, Freedman (1868)

25 Rationale for Outrages (N=355) RationalepercentN Political29%103 Blank/missing25%87 Unknown19%67 Unprovoked11%39 Social10%35 Economic7%24 Total100%355 Source: Bureau of Refugees, Freedman (1868)

26 Deconstructing Outrages Outrages: 355 victimizations (and 425 perpetrators, including groups) Vigilantism: no arrest or other effort by authorities to sanction the perpetrators (N=302 victimizations) Lynching: murder by three or more perpetrators, including groups (N=45 victimizations)

27 Predicting Contention and Elections ZINBE model predicts outrages, vigilantism, and lynching – Petit-Bourgeois artisans and farmers, black schools, enduring Republican partisanship mitigate against outrages – slack resources and April vote for Republican governor inspire outrages Outrages, vigilantism, and lynching should tend to discourage November vote for U. S. Grant

28 ZINBE Models Predicting Outrages, Vigilantism, and Lynching (N=120) Predict OutragesPredict VigilantismPredict Lynching PredictorCoeff.s. e.Coeff.s. e.Ceoff. s.e. Mfg/pop * ** ** Farms /pop-19.39*** ** Wealth/pop4.86** ** Rep. Gov.2.05* * *** 2.72 U.S. Grant-1.56* ** *** 1.88 BlkSchlKds-.003** * Constant1.494* Inflation Factor Black Pop-.000** *.000 Constant * ϰ 2 =26.56*** ϰ 2 =24.90*** ϰ 2 =15.53** * p<.1 ** p<.05 *** p<.01 (two tails)

29 OLS Models Predicting U. S. Grant Vote in November 1868 in GA Counties, using Outrages, Vigilantism, or Lynching (N=129) OutragesVigilantismLynching PredictorCoeff.s. e.Coeff.s. e.Coeff. s.e. farms/pop-1.05** ** **.433 black/pop-.932***.282-,914** ***.280 blkpop *** *** ***.357 cottonbelt-.127*** *** ***.038 RepGovVt.685*** *** ***.089 Ot/Vg/Lyn **.010 Constant.209** ** **.080 Adj. R 2.43***.44*** * p<.1 ** p<.05 *** p<.01 (two tails)

30 So What? Validity: What is lynching (as opposed to outrage or vigilantism)? Reliability: Racial violence by any other name? Significance – Outrage and vigilantism as popular (racist and patriarchal) justice – Lynching as terrorism: the Radical Republicans were right; the KKK did steal the election

31 Savannah Editor on KKK (7/1/1871) deprecate living

32 Savannah Editor (12/10/1870)

33 Questions? Thanks for your patience Y’all come back now, y’hear


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