The Great Hangings of 1862

We all know what the movies and Western shows tell us about the old West, but what are the facts? Here, we’ll discuss what these truths are, and get a better idea of what life was like in the real West!
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Dana2020 wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:15 am Has anyone else read Eternity Street by John Mack Father? It is a book about early Los Angeles. Extralegal justice, a euphemism for lynching, was a not that uncommon and accepted thing for a long time.
No, I haven't read it, but it sounds as if it should be a must read.
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Dana2020 wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:15 am Has anyone else read Eternity Street by John Mack Father? It is a book about early Los Angeles. Extralegal justice, a euphemism for lynching, was a not that uncommon and accepted thing for a long time.
I have not read the book but I remember the scene in True Grit where the hanging was carried out and it was a festive occasion with food and drinks being sold and women and children present. People used to take their kids to public executions. And I remember when I saw The Ox-Bow incident on TCM the presenter talked about Henry Fonda seeing a lynching as a child. Apparently his father was a newspaperman and thought for some reason his son should have that experience. Don't forget they would take pictures of the lynching victim and spread them around as souvenirs. As for lynching being an accepted thing, like I said, it's still perfectly acceptable for Internet rage mobs to go after people. Mob justice has moved online but it's still mob justice: vicious, unreasoning, and completely capable of destroying someone's life. Lynching is still a part of our society.
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Man, I am a lousy typist! The actual last name of the author of the book is Farager. The lynching information is just a small part of the book.it also talks a lot about the settlement and growth of Los Angeles.
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Thanks for the correction, Dana. :happycowboy:
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