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A Decent Orderly Lynching: The Montana Vigilantes (2004 Hardback)


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Very good condition used 2004 First Edition
Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by University of Oklahoma Press, USA.
Author: Frederick Allen.
ISBN: 0806136375.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 31mm d.

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A Decent Orderly Lynching: The Montana Vigilantes

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used 2004 First Edition Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by University of Oklahoma Press: Norman, USA.
Author: Frederick Allen.
ISBN: 0806136375.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 31mm d.

Intact clean glossy condition dust jacket and spine with slight creasing and signs of handling. Inside dust jacket has some foxing. Dust Jacket over good condition two tone brown boards with some slight signs of handling. 421 clean, slightly off white pages of English text with 41 b&w photo illustrations and 3 b&w maps, no inscriptions. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of A Decent Orderly Lynching: The Montana Vigilantes:

The deadliest campaign of vigilante justice in American history erupted in the Rocky Mountains during the Civil War when a private army hanged twenty-one troublemakers. Hailed as great heroes at the time, the Montana vigilantes are still revered as founding fathers.

Combing through original sources, including eye-witness accounts never before published, Frederick Allen concludes that the vigilantes were justified in their early actions, as they fought violent crime in a remote corner beyond the reach of government.

But Allen has uncovered evidence that the vigilantes refused to disband after territorial courts were in place. Remaining active for six years, they lynched more than fifty men without trials. Reliance on mob rule in Montana became so ingrained that in 1883, a Helena newspaper editor advocated a return to “decent, orderly lynching” as a legitimate tool of social control.

Allen’s sharply drawn characters, illustrated by dozens of photographs, are woven into a masterfully written narrative that will change textbook accounts of Montana’s early days—and challenge our thinking on the essence of justice.

For further American Military History see our American Civil War books.