Stanly Has a Lynching: The Murder of Alexander Whitley: A Family Legacy Entangled in a Web of Fiction & Folklore.

Title Stanly Has a Lynching: The Murder of Alexander Whitley: A Family Legacy Entangled in a Web of Fiction & Folklore.
Author M. Lynette Hartsell
Publisher M. Lynette Hartsell
Category History
Published 2018-10-17
Language English
Format EPUB
Pages 169
Downloads 7
Views 37

Summary

“Stanly Has A Lynching” examines the ways in which the media as well as religious, political and social institutions have used ballads, fiction and folklore tales for over a century to celebrate, rather than condemn, the brutal lynching of a white man, Alexander Whitley, in 1892. How men in a small town in North Carolina justified this act of murder as “Just Desert” -- before, during and after the event -- is exposed when facts, rather than fiction, are brought into focus. Through her research and analysis, Ms. Hartsell demonstrates how a family legacy was tainted by a fabricated folktale embedded in religious motif. Many newspaper accounts from the 1800’s help tell the story, conveying aspects of southern history and Lynch Culture not often found in textbooks....

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