Download e-book for iPad: 24 Hours by Greg Iles

By Greg Iles

ISBN-10: 0340770066

ISBN-13: 9780340770061

Will Jennings, his spouse and little woman are a cheerful American family members, residing in Mississippi. Hickey is a conman and kidnapper. He ambitions his sufferers very conscientiously and takes nice pains to ensure nobody is ever harm. He has but to kill. All his sufferers have get a hold of the cash and the professionals have by no means been concerned. His ideal checklist is all the way down to issues: One, he regularly remains with the fogeys or individual with the cash. , he by no means asks for greater than they could come up with the money for. but if he attempts to tear Will's relatives aside, he will get much more than he bargained for...All in a single fateful day.

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Both Graves and Wells were making a case about the historical evolution of lynching. Lynching, they maintained, was not a practice that consisted of one set of formal properties that defined it. Rather, lynching—like the discourses that defended and critiqued it—was evolving, and could be best understood as a series of different practices that were engineered to respond to particular historical and social conditions. The debates in the twentieth century would coalesce around the affirmation or denial of transformation, of change, of historical evolution in the practice of lynching.

Wells gives us an exemplary model of such dissent in the case of the Reverend King of Paris, Texas. As Henry Smith was suffering the most gruesome tortures in this 1893 lynching, the African American minister stood up to the mob of ten thousand people and implored them not to lynch this poor soul, first praying loudly in the midst of the mob and then standing at the foot of the burning scaffold and crying out: “In the name of God . . ” Severely beaten, threatened with lynching, and then forced into exile, King, despite failing to prevent the lynching, nonetheless stands as a paradigm of what a morally upright individual could do in the face of mob violence.

After showing how it emerged and became dominant, I demonstrate what role it continues to play by looking at a lynching in Jasper, Texas, in 1998. I examine the public and popular discussion of this event to show in what ways we are still operating under the terms and within the tenets provided by the end-of-lynching discourse. The end-of-lynching discourse works insidiously and by denial. It argues that lynchings were a thing of the past, downplays anything resembling a lynching, and works to lessen the publicity previously granted to lynchings.

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