An Act “More Offensive than Slavery”: Revista Católica’s Response to Lynching in the Late Nineteenth Century
In the late nineteenth century, Revista Católica, a Jesuit Spanish-language weekly from New Mexico, analyzed American lynching ethically and condemned it editorially. Denouncing lynching as wrong under any circumstances, Revista’s argument evolved to include race, acknowledging non-Hispanic whites’ vigilantism against marginalized groups, and religion, since it interpreted lynching as an Anglo-Protestant practice. The review invoked lynching to discredit Protestant leaders who supported vigilantism, especially against Jesuit targets. For Revista, lynching, a barbarous act under any circumstances, also revealed the oppressive violence and hypocrisy of the dominant culture.
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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