James Harmon Chadbourn
Lynching and the Law. Chapel Hill: Universit of North Carolina Press, 1933. xiv, iii-xi, 221 pp. Reprinted 2008 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. With a new introduction by Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School. ISBN-13: 978-1-58477-829-5. ISBN-10: 1-58477-829-6. Cloth. $65.
* This title was issued under the auspices of the Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching. A work of great authority because it was produced by Southern jurists, it was cited frequently in the 1932 Senate hearings on lynching. Its conclusions are based in part on a comprehensive survey of over 3,700 lynchings, mostly of African-Americans, between 1889 and 1932. Chadbourn also asked 1,000 prominent Southern lawyers and legislators how they would prevent the practice. Using this data he proposes a model lynching law. "This excellent monograph and the proposed statute have unusual significanc in view of the present possibility of further state and national legislation dealing with this urgent problem.": H.C. Brearley, Social Forces 12 (1933-34) 610.