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dc.contributor.authorMorimoto, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-02T15:24:57Z
dc.date.available2011-07-02T15:24:57Z
dc.date.issued2011-07-02
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/12831
dc.description.abstractOn May 15, 1916, in Waco, Texas, Jesse Washington was tortured to death before a mob estimated to be 10,000-15,000 strong. Local photographer Fred Gildersleeve compounded this tragedy by creating photographic postcards of this infamous spectacle lynching for sale to interested spectators. Both the Washington lynching and the Gildersleeve photographs have been well documented by scholars, but the majority of these texts only discuss the subject as it relates to one particular time period. In my thesis I compare and contrast different interpretations of lynching and the Gildersleeve photographs, as articulated in interviews, newspaper articles, and internet postings, from the early twentieth century until the present day. What I have found illustrates both the changes and continuities in American culture over time. While most people now condemn lynching and white supremacist ideologies, some also interpret the photographs in ways that obscure or even nurture prejudice. Disturbingly, even if perpetrators are denounced as criminals, contemporary witnesses do not always accept that targets of lynching are truly victims.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectLynchingen_US
dc.subjectJesse Washingtonen_US
dc.subjectFred Gildersleeveen_US
dc.subject.lcshLynching--United States--History--20th century
dc.subject.lcshLynching--United States--Pictorial works--Social aspects
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans--Violence against--History--20th century
dc.subject.lcshPhotography--Social aspects
dc.subject.lcshWashington, Jesse, d. 1916
dc.subject.lcshGildersleeve, Fred A., 1881?-1958
dc.titleThe Utility of Murder: Fred Gildersleeve and the Lynching of Jesse Washingtonen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Arts in Art Historyen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Art and Art Historyen_US
dc.description.advisorBuick, Kirsten Pai
dc.description.committee-memberZuromskis, Catherine
dc.description.committee-memberColeman, Finnie D.


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