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Ethical Complications of Lynching

Ida B. Wells’s Interrogation of American Terror

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Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Prologue

    1. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 1-3
    2. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 5-17
  3. Identity and Formation: Character Development and the Shaping of a “Crusader for Justice”

  4. A Matter of Perspective: Ida B. Wells’s Critique of Lynching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-43
    2. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 45-48
    3. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 49-61
    4. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 63-68
    5. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 69-74
  5. Beyond Rope and Fagot: A Womanist Ethical Analysis of Lynching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-78
    2. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 79-86
    3. Angela D. Sims
      Pages 91-96
  6. A Paradigm Shift: Resources for a Christian Ethic of Resistance in the Works of Ida B.Wells

About this book


In an increasingly globalized economy, Sims argues that Ida B. Wells s fight against lynching is a viable option to address systemic forms of oppression. More than a century since Wells launched her anti-lynching campaign, an examination of her work questions America s use of lynching as a tool to regulate behavior and the manner in which public opinion is shaped and lived out in the private sector. Ethical Complications of Lynching highlights the residual effects of lynching as a twenty-first century moral impediment in the fight to actualize ethical possibilities.


ethics morality paradigm shift reform

About the authors

ANGELA D. SIMS is Assistant Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

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"We all know about the horrors of lynching, but Sims takes us beyond the obvious by conducting a thorough analysis of the motivations leading to and cultural consequences of this technique of discipline.The richness of this book is that the analysis is done through the eyes of Ida B. Wells, who serves as a model upon whom to construct ethical paradigms indigenous to the African American community." - Miguel A. De La Torre, Associate Professor of Social Ethics, Iliff School of Theology, Denver