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Rural RadicalsRighteous Rage in the American Grain$
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Catherine McNicol Stock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714030

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714030.001.0001

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The Culture of Vigilantism

The Culture of Vigilantism

(p.87) 2 The Culture of Vigilantism
Rural Radicals

Catherine McNicol Stock

Cornell University Press

However progressive their notions of reform, rural Americans’ anger has long found expression through violence as well as conventional politics. Class, race, religious, and ethnic resentments played a part in nearly all rural movements. The Paxton Boys of Pennsylvania advocated the killing of native people. Populist ideology contained frequent anti-Semitic references. Southern Populists also joined the Ku Klux Klan. Violence uniquely marked the American countryside from the days of the frontier.

Keywords:   Populist Party, Bacons Rebellion, Paxton Boys, Lynching, Ku Klux Klan, Joseph Smith, Vigilante justice

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