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- DescriptionHow one community suppressed and later confronted a terrible episode from its past. The 1899 lynching of Sam Hose in Newnan, Georgia, was one of the earliest and most gruesome events in a tragic chapter of U.S. history. Hose was a black laborer accused of killing Alfred Cranford, a white farmer, and raping his wife. The national media closely followed the manhunt and Hose's capture. An armed mob intercepted Hose's Atlanta-bound train and took the prisoner back to Newnan. There, in front of a large gathering on a Sunday afteron, Hose was mutilated and set on fire. His body was dismembered and pieces of it were kept by souvenir hunters. Born and raised twenty miles from Newnan, Edwin T. Arld was troubled and fascinated by the fact that this horrific chain of events had been largely shut out of local public memory. In What Virtue There Is in Fire , Arld offers the first in-depth examination of the lynching of Sam Hose. Arld analyzes newspapers, letters, and speeches to understand reactions to this brutal incident, without trying to resolve the still-disputed facts of the crime. Firsthand accounts were often contradictory, and portrayals of Hose differed starkly - from 'black beast' to incent martyr. Arld traces how different groups interpreted and co-opted the story for their own purposes through the years. Reflecting on recent efforts to remember the lynching of Sam Hose, Arld offers the portrait of a place still trying to reconcile itself, a century later, to its painful past.
- Author BiographyEdwin T. Arnold is a professor of English at Appalachian State University.
- Author(s)Edwin T. Arnold
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2009
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note15 b&w photos
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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