Date of Award

5-1-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

D.A.H.

History

First Advisor

Charmayne Patterson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dr. Alexa Henderson

Third Advisor

Dr. Aubrey Underwood

Abstract

This study examines the lynching of African-American females in the state of Georgia. Historians have long studied the lynching of African-American men, but works that examine the lynching of women are relatively few in comparison. This study was based on the premise that the lynching of black females in Georgia is correlated to the objectification of black women, the pecuniary suppression of Blacks, the ineffective administration of laws, and the cultural approval of the use of violence to resolve conflict.

A case study analysis approach was used to analyze information gathered about the black women who were victims of lynch mobs. Additionally, quantitative analysis of data for population distribution, property ownership, tenancy, cotton prices and production was conducted to examine the correlation between these variables and lynching. The researcher found that allegations of insolence by the woman or her relative(s) and economic exploitation often precipitated these acts of violence. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that the lynching of African-American women in Georgia is attributed to the cultural acceptance of violence as a means to dominate Blacks.

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