Rope and Faggot a Biography of Judge Lynch
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/2002
- ISBN: 9780268040079
- ISBN10: 0268040079
The book met two important goals for White: it debunked the "big lie" that lynching punished black men for raping white women and protected the purity of "the flower of the white race, " and it provided White with an opportunity to deliver a penetrating critique of the southern culture that nourished this form of blood sport. White marshaled statistics demonstrating that accusations of rape or attempted rape accounted for less than 30 percent of the lynchings. Presenting evidence of white females of all classes crossing the color line for love -- evidence that white supremacists themselves used to agitate whites to support anti-miscegenation laws -- White insisted that most interracial unions were consentual and not forced. Despite the emphasis on sexual issues in instances of lynching, White also argued that the fury and sadism with which the mob attacked victims had more to do with keeping blacks in their place and with controlling the black labor force. Some of the strongest sections of the book deal with White's analysis of theeconomic and cultural foundations of lynching.
Walter White's powerful study of a shameful practice in modern American history is now back in print, with a new introduction by Kenneth Robert Janken.