Lynching involves the extralegal
punishment of perceived wrongdoing by a mob. Lynching became pervasive in the
American South late in the nineteenth century and, at its height, from 1880 to 1930,
killed at least eighty-six men in Virginia, all but fifteen of them African
Americans. Many historians believe the term can be traced to Charles Lynch, a Bedford County militia colonel during the American Revolution
(1775–1783) who punished captured Loyalists outside the law. Al. . .
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