On the Courthouse Lawn

On the Courthouse Lawn

Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2007
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Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960, and as Sherrilyn Ifill argues, the effects of this racial trauma continue to resound. While the lynchings were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization of political and economic development for blacks, are equally pernicious. Ifill traces the lingering effects of two lynchings in Maryland to illustrate how ubiquitous this history is, and issues a clarion call for the many American communities with histories of racial violence to be proactive in facing this legacy. Inspired by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and techniques of restorative justice, Ifill provides concrete ideas for communities, including placing gravestones on the unmarked burial sites of lynching victims, issuing public apologies, establishing mandatory school programs on the local history of lynching, financially compensating those whose family homes or businesses were destroyed in the aftermath of lynching, and creating commemorative public spaces. A landmark book, On the Courthouse Lawn is a much-needed roadmap to help communities finally confront lynching's long shadow by embracing pragmatic reconciliation and reparation efforts.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2007.
ISBN: 9780807009888
0807009881
Call Number: 364.134 IFILL
Characteristics: xx, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Lynching -- Maryland -- History.
Lynching -- United States -- History.

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