Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Living with Lynching is praised in the October 2012 issue of American Historical Review, the official publication of the American Historical Association (AHA), which was founded in 1884 and chartered by Congress in 1889 to serve the interests of the entire discipline of history. It means a lot to me that my book is commanding attention from traditional historians.
Scholar Julie Buckner Armstrong says of the study, "Mitchell points out that the plays direct the audience's focus away from the lynched black body toward the homes and communities left behind. In doing so, they enact what the white power performance tried to erase: stable, loving black families. Mitchell's thoughtful and thought-provoking book not only makes its case through fine-tuned analysis but also raises important questions about evidence, resistance, and literary value. "
Armstrong concludes, "[Mitchell's] study offers significant new insights into a key historical moment and provides a model of academic scholarship."
For more, see American Historical Review 117.4 (October 2012): 1231 - 1232.