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MCGOVERN, James R. Anatomy of a Lynching. The Killing of Claude Neal. Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press, (1982). Octavo, original yellow cloth, original dust jacket. $450.
First edition of this accomplished study of one of the most horrific lynchings in U.S. history.
"Anatomy of a Lynching is a sensitive and forthright analysis of one of the most gruesome episodes in Florida history, the 1934 lynching of Claude Neal [accused of raping and murdering a white woman on circumstantial evidence]. Gracefully written and carefully argues, James McGovern's brief monograph is a welcome addition to the small but growing scholarly literature on southern lynching. Utilizing oral history interviews, as well as a wide variety of printed sources, McGovern has produced a richly detailed case study that should enhance our general understanding of mob violence and vigilantism" (Florida Historical Quarterly).
Book with faint foxing to edges of text block and endpapers, cloth fine. Dust jacket with a bit of wear and toning, light foxing, and a few tape repairs to verso. An extremely good copy.