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When the Men Came: New Histories of Violence after the Civil War

Fri, October 9, 8:00 to 9:45am, Sheraton Centre, Chestnut West

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This presentation examines how the study of the aftermath of lynching needs to include the relationship of lynching's history to its remembrance. How did families and communities remember their lynching dead one, two, or three generations out? How were these deaths recorded in family Bibles and histories? Was a gruesome death by lynching illuminated or effaced in family omertà? Wrestling with these and other unasked questions, attempting to answer them, and rewriting the histories that are told are important tasks because the ways victims' families remembered or forgot lynching do matter.

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