Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You and Your Team.

Learn More →

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 (review)

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 (review) BookReviews lynching--among them, that the practice was almost entirely an instrument of racist oppression against blacks dating from Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era, that slaves were seldom killed or "lynched" because they were valuable property, or that African Americans rarely resisted lynching. Documented tales of lynchings, according to Waldrep's study, reach back at least to the Revolutionary War era when mobs attacked Tories. A nation based on the principle that the laws derived from the people included many who believed that the people could take the law back into their own hands any time they wanted to. Some historical figures emerge from this collection of documents severely tarnished. Andrew Jackson was an unabashed lyncher, as revealed in his own letters and in reports about his unceremonious 1818 hanging of two "hostile" Indian chiefs without trial and his brisk court martial and hanging of two British subjects who had aided and led Indians in war against Americans. Abraham Lincoln, however, survives as a champion of constitutionalism against vigilantism in an 1838 speech in which, writing about mob violence against abolitionists, he reminds his audience that, if laws are violated and mobs allowed to run amuck, in time no http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 (review)

Loading next page...
 
/lp/texas-state-historical-association/white-metropolis-race-ethnicity-and-religion-in-dallas-1841-2001-1DUMDXS0EJ
Publisher
Texas State Historical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 The Texas State Historical Association. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1558-9560
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

BookReviews lynching--among them, that the practice was almost entirely an instrument of racist oppression against blacks dating from Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era, that slaves were seldom killed or "lynched" because they were valuable property, or that African Americans rarely resisted lynching. Documented tales of lynchings, according to Waldrep's study, reach back at least to the Revolutionary War era when mobs attacked Tories. A nation based on the principle that the laws derived from the people included many who believed that the people could take the law back into their own hands any time they wanted to. Some historical figures emerge from this collection of documents severely tarnished. Andrew Jackson was an unabashed lyncher, as revealed in his own letters and in reports about his unceremonious 1818 hanging of two "hostile" Indian chiefs without trial and his brisk court martial and hanging of two British subjects who had aided and led Indians in war against Americans. Abraham Lincoln, however, survives as a champion of constitutionalism against vigilantism in an 1838 speech in which, writing about mob violence against abolitionists, he reminds his audience that, if laws are violated and mobs allowed to run amuck, in time no

Journal

Southwestern Historical QuarterlyTexas State Historical Association

Published: Mar 28, 2007

There are no references for this article.