The next meeting of the DH Forum will feature Michael Weaver, Society of Fellows and Collegiate Assistant Professor, University of Chicago.
"Judge Lynch and the Court of Public Opinion: Mapping Lynching Discourses in the Press"
Lynching in the United States was once a violent public ritual that was widely praised and implicitly justified in public, but by the late 1920s lynching was universally portrayed as an abhorrent and deeply shameful act. How did the lynching come to be seen for the atrocity that it is? I will present ongoing work that uses large historical newspaper archives to map in space and time the use of arguments and narratives to justify and condemn lynching.
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June 2, 2017
Joseph Regenstein Library, A-11