History of the Noose Extra Credit

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Sara Gugin BLR 222 5/6/09 History of the Noose Extra Credit On January 29, 2008, I attended a presentation by Dr. George Bornstein entitled the “The History of the Noose”. Dr. Bornstein discussed several different ethnic views and opinions regarding symbolic meanings and incidents. He later talked about the origin of the work “lynch”. In addition, he spoke of how the word came to describe hangings after a Colonel Charles Lynch, who would hang people from trees with a rope as punishment or for racial discrimination. Dr. Bornstein mentioned that before the Civil War, most people who lynched were of the Caucasian race. Throughout the speech, he displayed photos of several lynched people, from various ethnic backgrounds. From year 1848-1908, over six hundred Latinos were lynched and in 1891, eleven people were
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Unformatted text preview: lynched at once. Dr. Bornstein mentioned that Michigan lynched eight people throughout history. Seven of these eight people were Caucasian and one was African American. The most recent of these lynchings was of a twenty-seven year old Irishman in Corunna, Michigan. To conclude the lecture, Dr. Bornstein discussed the history of ethnic categories, how they began about thirty years ago, and today, people group themselves into approximately five categories. The presentation Dr. Bornstein gave was enlightening and revealing of the history and symbolic meaning of the noose. It was not only entertaining but also interesting. The speech fit well into the community following the incident last October. The History of the Noose was overall enjoyable and a presentation I would recommend anyone to go see....
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