9780806136370

A Decent, Orderly Lynching

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  • ISBN13:

    9780806136370

  • ISBN10:

    0806136375

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
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Summary

"The deadliest campaign of vigilante justice in American history erupted in the gold camps of the Rocky Mountains during the Civil War, when a private army hanged twenty-one troublemakers, including a rogue sheriff. Hailed as great heroes at the time, the Montana vigilantes are still revered as founding fathers who brought order to a lawless land." "Combing through original sources, including eyewitness accounts never before published, journalist and historian Frederick Allen concludes that the vigilantes were justified in their early actions, as they fought violent crime in a remote corner hundreds of miles beyond the reach of government." "But Allen has uncovered evidence that the vigilantes refused to disband after territorial courts were in place. Remaining active for six years, they lynched more than fifty men without trials. Reliance on mob rule in Montana became so ingrained that in 1883, a Helena newspaper editor advocated a return to "decent, orderly lynching" as a legitimate tool for social control. As Allen shows in this definitive account of Montana's "formative morality play," many of the vigilantes' targets were not guilty of any crimes at all."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Frederick Allen is a former political editor and columnist with the Atlanta Constitution and commentator for CNN.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
List of Maps
xiii
Author's Note xv
Introduction: The Murdered Boy 3(14)
Maine to California
17(21)
``A Seducer'' on Trial
38(19)
Wooing Electa Bryan
57(20)
The New Sheriff
77(12)
The Dillingham Killing
89(20)
``Cut-Throats and Robbers''
109(13)
The Reluctant Chief Justice
122(13)
A Rashomon Night
135(18)
The Southmayd Robbery
153(15)
The Ives Trial
168(17)
``Men, Do Your Duty''
185(13)
The Vigilantes
198(19)
``Red'' Yeager's List
217(16)
Five Hanged Side by Side
233(21)
One Hundred and Two
254(19)
Slade of the Overland
273(17)
``The Wounded Man Recovered''
290(18)
``No More Midnight Executions''
308(16)
Thomas Francis Meagher
324(21)
Pax Vigilanticus
345(16)
Epilogue 361(4)
Appendix: Targets of the Montana Vigilantes 365(2)
Note on Sources 367(4)
Notes 371(30)
Bibliography 401(6)
Acknowledgments 407(4)
Index 411

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