Lynching in North Carolina
A History, 1865–1941
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About the Book
From the end of the Civil War through 1941, a total of 168 North Carolinians lost their lives to lynching. This form of mob violence was often justified as a means of controlling the black population, “protecting” white wives and daughters, and defending family “honor.” Legal attempts to deter lynching—including an 1893 law that classified it as a felony and sought to hold a county liable for damages—generally failed because of a lack of local support and ineffectual enforcement by state officials.
After 1922, however, in a phenomenon unique to North Carolina, incidents of lynching inexplicably and rapidly declined, prompting the state to head a national movement to end it. This history includes appendices providing an account of all 168 known lynching occurrences.
About the Author(s)
Vann R. Newkirk is an associate vice president for Academic Affairs and associate professor of history at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. He has extensively researched the development of the NAACP in North Carolina and has served as an educational consultant for colleges across the South.
Vann R. Newkirk
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014 
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Place in Lynching Lore 3
1. Lynching the Carolina Way 7
2. Norlina 34
3. The Lynching of Plummer Bullock 44
4. A Well-Deserved Punishment 53
5. Canada, O Canada 56
6. The Old North State 64
7. One Million Klansmen 75
8. Law and Order Must Prevail: North Carolina Efforts to Punish Lynch Mob Members 1919–1923 79
9. The Needleman Case 84
10. “You Don’t Know What the Law Will Do to You?” A Move Toward Legal Lynching 95
11. Lynching in North Carolina 1930–1935 110
12. A Matter for the Judiciary 123
13. Summary 137
Appendix I. Other Notable Lynchings 141
Appendix II. North Carolina Lynchings, 1865–1941 167
Book Reviews & Awards
“expand[s] our understanding of the evolution of lynching and will serve well for classroom use”—The Journal of Southern History; “well written…well researched, heavily documented”—News-Record. com, Greensboro, N.C.