An Ordinary Place in Time

  • James H. Madison


It is tempting to think of the mob that lynched Abram Smith and Tom Shipp as ignorant “rednecks,” fanatical racists, or unwashed Ku Klux Klanners. Such simple labels help separate “bad” Americans from “good” Americans and comfort those who rush to abhor a vicious evil such as a lynching. As reassuring as such labels are, the evidence suggests a more complicated story for Grant County and for America.


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