Linchamiento: MOB violence against persons of Mexican descent in the United States

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    Between 1848 and 1928, mobs lynched an unknown number of Mexicans. Comprehensive data are hard to obtain, but we have strong, specific, and reliable evidence for 547 cases (as well as probable evidence for many more incidents). Western historians have portrayed extra-legal violence as the result of rapid economic and population growth, which outpaced the development of legal and governmental institutions and forced frontiersmen to take the law into their own hands. However, the lynching of Mexicans occurred in areas where there was a fully operating legal system and often involved the collusion of law officers themselves.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationLatino Peoples in the New America
    Subtitle of host publicationRacialization and Resistance
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429753640
    ISBN (Print)9780367000240
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Social Sciences(all)

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