- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: November 2022
- Print publication year: 2022
- Online ISBN: 9781009082266
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082266
The 1898 lynching of Tom Johnson and Joe Kizer is retold in this groundbreaking book. Unlike other histories of lynching that rely on conventional historical records, this study focuses on the objects associated with the lynching, including newspaper articles, fragments of the victims' clothing, photographs, and souvenirs such as sticks from the hanging tree. This material culture approach uncovers how people tried to integrate the meaning of the lynching into their everyday lives through objects. These seemingly ordinary items are repositories for the comprehension, interpretation, and commemoration of racial violence and white supremacy. Elijah Gaddis showcases an approach to objects as materials of history and memory, insisting that we live in a world suffused with the material traces of racial violence, past and present.
Claude A. Clegg III - author of Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South
Jason Morgan Ward - author of Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century
Amy Louise Wood - author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940
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