Hand Signed Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (First Edition)


James Allen (Author, Editor) Essays by Congressman John Lewis (Forward), Hilton Als (Contributor), and Leon F. Litwack (Contributor) Without Sanctuary is 98 four-color plates from the Without Sanctuary Collection of lynchings photographs in America. If you would like your copy signed please leave us a note during checkout. Returns are accepted. isbn: 978-0-94092-69-9 $425 for…

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Lynching photography in the book Without Sanctuary documents America’s violent racial history. This is an unopened first edition.

“Many people today, despite the evidence, will not believe—don’t want to believe—that such atrocities happened in America not so very long ago. These photographs bear witness to . . . an American holocaust.”  — Congressman John Lewis

Without Sanctuary-Lynching Photography in America

The book is 98 images from the Without Sanctuary Collection of lynchings photographs in America. Four essays by James Allen, Congressman John Lewis, Hilton Als, and Leon F. Litwack. New and wrapped in plastic film.

Dimensions: 10 ⅜ x 8 x 1 ¼

Date: Original publish date, 2000

Publisher: Twin Palms, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Condition: New, First Edition in original shrink-wrap.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Lynching:

Q: What is a lynching?

A: The academic definition of lynching is the killing of a person outside of the judicial system (without a legal trial and not by law enforcement) by three or more people for an alleged infraction. In order to be officially counted the lynching, had to be documented in a newspaper. There are over 3,000 documented lynchings.

Q: What does the title Without Sanctuary mean?

A: The title was chosen because African-Americans had no sanctuary or protection from white mob violence. The local law enforcement and local judicical systems would not arrest or prosecute members of the mob. This was true from the state government to the federal government. African-Americans were “Without Sanctuary”.

Q: Why was lynching photography taken?

A: When lynchings were most prevalent is the same time photography was becoming popular. Photography equipment was expensive. Entrepreneur photographers would take photos and sell them as souvenirs. They would put tents up to develop the photos on-site and market them for days following a lynching. Most were printed on postcard-sized photo paper. These postcards were called Real Photo Postcards.


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