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By Denise Dennis

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Covering a wealthy background usually missed, Denise Dennis chronicles the fight from catch and enslavement in Africa correct up via Civil Rights and different form of fight Blacks face this day.

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3 City historian William D. 9 murders per 100,000 as compared, for example, with 20 | “BORN IN A MIGHTY BAD LAND” Atlanta’s thirty-one. Moreover, the homicide rate seems to have increased exponentially in the ¤rst years of the twentieth century, jumping from twenty-four arrests for murder in 1902 to 134 in 1917. Most of the murders were committed by blacks. 4 The situation in Memphis seems to have been merely a heightened version of what was going on in other southern African American communities in the years before World War I.

25 The historical real-life badman was a creature of these conditions: a laborer with a preindustrial temperament that gave free rein to violent impulses; a black man whom, according to most researchers, white law ignored for such violence. He lacked both internal and external constraints. He was “outside the law” in the sense that he could commit with relative immunity any mayhem among blacks. But here we need to introduce a caveat. This black man was subject to the law and to punishment. His abnormally frequent presence in southern jails, in the convict lease system, and on the chain gang proved it.

18 Subsequent scholars tend either to agree with Dollard19 or, like anthropologist Hortense Powdermaker, to use his thesis as a starting point. She wonders if the “displaced rage” theory might help account for the abnormally high rate of violence she ¤nds among the blacks of the small southern town she studies. ”20 But she advances the idea as an adjunct of another way of explaining black violence. The Postbellum Violence and Its Causes | 23 premise she starts from is that southern courts seldom tried, much less convicted, one black man for killing or assaulting another.

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