In May 2016 the podcast Latino USA explored the history of anti-Mexican lynching and violence in the late 19th and early 20th century with Bill Carrigan, a history professor at Rowan University in New Jersey. You can listen to the story below.
- How does Carrigan explain the excuses used by perpetrators of anti-Mexican lynching in the U.S.?
- Why does Carrigan believe that this history is not better known?
- Carrigan describes a turning point in which public anti-Mexican violence was no longer acceptable. He explains, “It’s not that violence against Mexicans ended, it continued, but it now had to take a different kind of form, it couldn’t be the same public execution of Mexicans. It had to be secret, cover-of-night. It was a transformative moment.” How does he explain the transformation?
- What is the significance of uncovering stories like this one? Is it empowering? Disempowering?
- How should knowledge of this history inform the way we think and act in the present and future?