At the Altar of Lynching: Burning Sam Hose in the American by Donald G. Mathews

By Donald G. Mathews

the tale of a black day-laborer known as Sam Hose killing his white service provider in a office dispute led to a lynching of large non secular importance. for lots of deeply-religious groups within the Jim Crow South, killing these like Sam Hose restored stability to an ethical cosmos upended via a heinous crime. a spiritual depth within the temper and morality of segregation passed legislations, and in instances of social challenge may well justify unlawful white violence - even to the intense act of lynching. In on the Altar of Lynching, distinct historian Donald G. Mathews bargains a brand new interpretation of the homicide of Sam Hose, which locations the non secular tradition of the evangelical South at its middle. He rigorously considers how mainline Protestants, specially girls, not just often got here to help or settle for lynching, yet gave the act non secular which means and justification.

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