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Revisiting A Festival of Violence : Two Comments, A Response [Book Review]

Kousser, J. Morgan and Griffin, Larry J. and Beck, E. M. and Tolnay, Stewart E. (1998) Revisiting A Festival of Violence : Two Comments, A Response [Book Review]. Historical Methods, 31 (4). pp. 171-180. ISSN 0161-5440. doi:10.1080/01615449809601198.

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When, more than thirty years ago, I was writing my second graduate research paper, I was strongly advised by the professor in the course, John Morton Blum, to stop trying to weigh the factors I hypothesized might have caused the phenomenon I was trying to explain. Just list all the causes for which there is any credible evidence, I was told; don’t even try to rank them, and certainly don’t waste your time attempting to reject any. It’s not the historian’s job, and it’s probably not possible, anyway. Tell a good story, with interesting characters and active verbs. If you must, explain, but above all, entertain-that was the Blumian credo. I largely ignored the adjuration, reinforcing the then-department chairman’s view of me as a rebel with too few causes.

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Alternate Title:A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930
Additional Information:© 1998 Taylor & Francis. Book review of: Stewart E. Tolnay and E. M. Beck. A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780252021275
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Official Citation:J. Morgan Kousser , Larry J. Griffin , E. M. Beck & Stewart E. Tolnay (1998) Forum: Revisiting A Festival of Violence, Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 31:4, 171-180, DOI: 10.1080/01615449809601198
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