The history of lynching's transformation from collective, popular violence to state_sanctioned, sanitized execution
Michael J. Pfeifer teaches American history at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
"This beautifully written and extremely well-informed study is a landmark that elevates lynching scholarship to a whole new level...Pfeifer has written a book rich in suggestion and insight that succeeds in every way." Journal of American History "A landmark contribution to the literature on American violence and lynching in particular...No extant book on the subject even attempts what this one so deftly accomplishes." W. Fitzhugh Brundage, author of Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930