Lynching in Virginia
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The paper discusses the literature about lynching in Virginia. This paper explains that the history of lynching in Virginia is almost entirely a series of misrepresentation and misconceptions; and even today, decades after the last official lynching, it is difficult to find accurate and truthful information regarding this most ignoble tradition. The author continues that nonetheless several items of consensus emerge: Lynching originated in Virginia, Virginia actually historically has the lowest rate of lynching and lynching continues to this day in isolated cases.
From the Paper:"The history of lynching in Virginia begins, as mentioned above, with Col. Lynch. He and his comrades, "responded to unsettled times by making their own rules for confronting Tories and criminal elements..." Due to their distance from formalized courts, these early Americans felt free to form informal courts in the esteemed Col.'s front yard, try, and punish offenders. Contrary to popular misconception, lynching is not and never has been synonymous with hanging. Most early Virginian lynchings consisted of whippings or similar punishments, and in many rural areas, such a definition continued for over a century. In addition, historical lynchings that did result in death were not always hangings either. Lynching tradition does not necessitate hanging by any means. Other popular methods included shooting, torture of various sorts, skinning, burning (alive or dead), beheading, evisceration and other ghastly methods. Regardless of method, "lynching is a criminal practice which is peculiar to the United States." "
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