Hang Trees

Searching for California’s Hang Trees grew out of my research into the history of lynching in California. I began this project by trying to assemble the most complete record of lynching in California that I could, and I was particularly interested in discovering how nineteenth century conceptions of difference might have obscured the fact that, when taken collectively, Native Americans, African Americans, Chinese immigrants, and Latinos, fell victim to the mob’s anger more often than persons of Anglo or European descent in the second half of the 19th century. The series serves as a physical testimony to my attempts to visit over 300 of the lynching sites in California.


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