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The 1899 lynching of Sam Hose in Newnan, Georgia, was one of the earliest and most gruesome events in a tragic chapter of U.S. history. Hose was a black laborer accused of killing Alfred Cranford, a white farmer, and raping his wife. The national media closely followed the manhunt and Hose's capture. An armed mob intercepted Hose's Atlanta-bound train and took the prisoner back to Newnan. There, in front of a large gathering on a Sunday afternoon, Hose was mutilated and set on fire. His body was dismembered and pieces of it were kept by souvenir hunters. Born and raised twenty miles from Newnan, Edwin T. Arnold was troubled and fascinated by the fact that this horrific chain of events had been largely shut out of local public memory. In What Virtue There Is in Fire, Arnold offers the first in-depth examination of the lynching of Sam Hose.
|Publication date:||15th January 2012|
|Author:||Edwin T. Arnold|
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history, Crime & criminology,|
Edwin T. Arnold is professor emeritus of English at Appalachian State University. He is the author or editor of nine books on southern literature and culture.More About Edwin T. Arnold