Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century by Jason Morgan WardHanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century by Jason Morgan Ward

Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century

byJason Morgan Ward

Hardcover | April 19, 2016

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Even at the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, when the clarion call for equality and justice echoed around the country, few volunteers ventured into Clarke County, Mississippi. Fewer still remained. Located just south of Neshoba County, where three civil rights workers had beenmurdered during 1964's Freedom Summer, Clarke lay squarely in what many considered Mississippi's, and thus America's, meanest corner. Local African Americans knew why the movement failed there. Some spoke of a bottomless hole in the snaking Chickasawhay River in the town of Shubuta, where whitevigilantes had for decades dumped the bodies of murdered African Americans. Others more spoke of a "hanging bridge" that spanned that same muddy creek. Spanning three generations, Hanging Bridge reveals what happened in Clarke Country in 1919 and 1942, when two horrific lynchings took place, the first of four young people, including a pregnant woman, the second, of two teenaged boys accused of harassing a white girl. Jason Ward's painstaking andhaunting reconstruction of these events traces a legacy of violence that reflects the American experience of race, from the depths of Jim Crow through to the growing power of the NAACP and national awareness of what was taking places even in the country's bleakest racial landscapes. Connecting thelynchings to each other and then to the civil rights struggles in the 1960s, when the threat of violence hung heavy over Clark County, Ward creates a narrative that links living memory and verifiable fact, illuminating one of the darkest places in American history and revealing the resiliency of thehuman spirit.
Jason Morgan Ward is Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University. He is the author of Defending White Democracy: The Making of a Segregationist Movement and the Remaking of Racial Politics, 1936-1965.
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Title:Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199376568

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: 19181. The Most Atrocious Affair of Its Kind2. Not A Place Made SafePart II: 19423. The Way You Treat Your Niggers4. A Monument To "Judge Lynch"Part III: 19665. Pleased To Take The Risk6. The Formation Of An Ugly White Crowd7. The Real Battle For FreedomEpilogueNotes