Wow, this one was interesting! University Press Audiobooks always has interesting titles and when I was offered this one, I knew I wanted to produce it.
Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives of Community and Nation
n Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs, Arellano closely examines such narratives as well as the work of western historian and archivist Hubert Howe Bancroft, who was sympathetic to them and that of Ida B. Wells, who wrote in fierce opposition to lynching. Tracing the creation, maintenance, and circulation of dominant, alternative, and oppositional vigilante stories from the 19th century frontier through the Jim Crow South, she casts new light on the role of narrative in creating a knowable past.
Lisa Arellano looks at non-fiction narratives as “history” and shows how they “conform to a common formula whose purpose is to legitimate frontier justice and lynching”.
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