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The family of John Beattie, Honorary Fellow of the ASLH and historian of crime and the administration of justice in 18th century England, sadly announces John's death on July 12th at age 85.  A memorial webpage has been set up at https://jmbeattiememorial.wixsite.com/johnbeattie where those who knew John can upload memories of him.  A celebration of John's life will be held on September 28, 2017 at 5:00 at Hart House, University of Toronto.

Episode 6: Eric Foner


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Law in the Reconstruction era with Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Dr. Foner is the author of seminal work "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution" (Harper and Row, 1988).

Karlos Hill
Tameka Bradley Hobbs

Hobbs on Hill, 'Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory'

Karlos Hill. Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 136 pp. $24.99 (paper), ISBN 978-1-107-62037-7.

Reviewed by Tameka Bradley Hobbs (Florida Memorial University)
Published on H-Law (August, 2017)
Commissioned by Michael J. Pfeifer