Professor Amy Wood, author of Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890–1940, delivered the eighth Henry R. Heyburn Lecture in History in January. With students, she examined visual representations of lynching and the construction of white supremacy in the Jim Crow era. She specializes in American cultural history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the history of the U.S. South. Professor Wood teaches at Illinois State University.
“This history of lynching and racial violence has had an enormous effect on our criminal justice system today, where we still see racial imbalances, bias and prejudices in everything from police treatment to capital punishment.”