Date of Award

May 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

John R Andrew

Committee Member

Abel Bartley

Committee Member

Joshua Catalano

Committee Member

Matthew Hooley

Committee Member

James Jeffries


This thesis is a criticism of chroniclers. As is said at the end of the introduction, this research not only criticizes poor investigative work (whether it be intentionally malicious, or simply lazy) from the past, but also reinforces a standard of expectation for those who wish to go into any field of research and/or writing. As writers are the last defense against the erasure of history, it stands to measure that there should be a higher expectation of those of them granted the authority to chronicle history. However, it is obvious based on the case studies of Native American lynchings throughout the thesis, that there continues to be a problem with accuracy and execution in the field of historical chronicling. For this reason, this thesis was written to contend with such criticisms. This thesis provides a historiography on literature about lynching, over twenty case-studies on Native Americans who were lynched, a small grounded history on some multi-naming traditions, and a question about the importance of spectatorship in public, communal acts of violence.



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