Spatial Distribution of Racist Violence in the South: Threatened and Completed Lynchings with Single and Multiple Targets

Amy K. Bailey, University of Illinois at Chicago

This paper will identify the spatial variation in two of the most serious forms of racist violence: threatened and competed lynchings. Using information on nearly 6,000 incidents of threatened or actualized mob violence across the American South, I will identify the spatial distribution and sociodemographic and economic characteristics of counties that experienced lynchings, threatened lynchings, or both, as compared to counties that avoided mob violence altogether. In addition, I will examine how these contextual factors were associated with the prevalence of incidents that targeted single victims or more than one person. This research builds on prior work that identifies connections between county-level characteristics and the prevalence of different types of mob violence, by examining a broader array of factors in combination with each other.

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 Presented in Session 245. New Data and New Perspectives on Mob Violence