Scholarship on lynching has typically been confined to the extralegal execution of African Americans in the American South. The nine essays collected here look at lynching in the context of world history, requiring scholars to rethink the history of collective violence altogether. Employing a diverse range of case studies, the volume's contributors work to refute the notion that the various acts of group homicide called ""lynching"" in American history are unique or exceptional.
William D. Carrigan, Professor of History at Rowan University, USA is the coauthor with Clive Webb of Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Mexicans in the United States, 1848-1928. Christopher Waldrep, Professor of History at San Francisco State University, USA is the author of Jury Discrimination: The Supreme Court, Public Opinion, and a Grassroots Fight for Racial Equality in Mississippi.