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“The Real Victim of Lynch Law Is the Government”: American Protestant Anti-Lynching Advocacy and the Making of Law and Order

John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
Religions 2019, 10(2), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020116
Received: 22 December 2018 / Revised: 4 February 2019 / Accepted: 10 February 2019 / Published: 17 February 2019
This article examines American Protestant anti-lynching advocacy in the early twentieth century. In contrast to African American Protestants, who framed their anti-lynching efforts in ways that foregrounded the problem of racism and black experiences of suffering, white mainline Protestant critiques of lynching regularly downplayed race and framed the crime in terms of its threat to American civilization and national law and order. This article connects these latter concerns to the national war on crime of the 1930s and 40s and the early history of the modern carceral state. View Full-Text
Keywords: American religious history; lynching; American Protestantism; African American Christianity; religion and race; incarceration; criminal justice American religious history; lynching; American Protestantism; African American Christianity; religion and race; incarceration; criminal justice
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Griffith, A. “The Real Victim of Lynch Law Is the Government”: American Protestant Anti-Lynching Advocacy and the Making of Law and Order. Religions 2019, 10, 116.

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