4 - The Tree
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 03 November 2022
“The Tree” examines lynching souvenirs in the context of the emerging tourist economies of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century southern United States. The chapter focuses on mementos taken from lynching trees as well as the overlaps between this practice and other forms of landscape documentation and tourism. Through this study, the chapter also charts the overlaps between different object categories, particularly souvenirs and relics, as the image of the South became an increasingly commericalized and consumable one. This study of lynching souvenirs thus makes an argument for the inextricability of southern identity from its foundations in racial violence.
- Gruesome Looking ObjectsA New History of Lynching and Everyday Things, pp. 114 - 147Publisher: Cambridge University PressPrint publication year: 2022