"Join Hands and Hearts with Law and Order": The 1893 Lynching of Samuel J. Bush and the Response of Decatur's African American Community

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Who was Sam Bush, and what does his violent death reveal about race relations in central Illinois at the turn of the century? How did his lynching affect black-white relations? The lynching was the first ever recorded in Decatur. As a form of vigilantism, how- ever, it shared certain characteristics with the “lynching cycle” identified by sociologist Oliver C. Cox as a series of terrorist activities intended to impose social control.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
Pages (from-to)187-200
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Illinois State Historical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990

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