This book examines the manner in which the national media in the United States treated lynching and vigilante activity between 1850 and 1940. A social constructionist perspective, developed by Gamson and Modigliani, is utilized to determine media orientation toward lynching. This perspective emphasizes the importance of media framing, sponsor and opponent activity, and media balance. Since not all lynching incidents can be studied, critical discourse moments are selected.
Ira Wasserman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University.
Preface by Steven Stack; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Historical and Cultural Changes in the Lynching Era; 2. Lynching in the United States; 3. The Evolving Media; 4. The Social Constructionist Model; 5. The Media and Western Vigilante Lynchings; 6. The Media and Southern and Border State Lynchings: 1882-1919; 7. The Media and Southern and Border State Lynchings: 1920-1940; 8. The Media and Non-Southern and Non-Border State Lynchings: 1882-1940; 9. The Media and the Framing of Lynching in the United States Appendices I, II and III; Notes; Bibliography; Index.