By Edwin T. Arnold
Born and raised twenty miles from Newnan, Edwin T. Arnold was once and enthusiastic about the truth that this awful chain of occasions were principally close out of neighborhood public reminiscence. In "What advantage there's in Fire," Arnold bargains the 1st in-depth exam of the lynching of Sam Hose.
Arnold analyzes newspapers, letters, and speeches to appreciate reactions to this brutal incident, with no attempting to unravel the still-disputed evidence of the crime. Firsthand bills have been usually contradictory, and portrayals of Hose differed starkly--from "black beast" to blameless martyr. Arnold lines how various teams interpreted and co-opted the tale for his or her personal reasons over the years. Reflecting on contemporary efforts to recollect the lynching of Sam Hose, Arnold bargains the portrait of a spot nonetheless attempting to reconcile itself, a century later, to its painful past.
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What Virtue There Is in Fire: Cultural Memory and the Lynching of Sam Hose by Edwin T. Arnold