Manfred Berg, Professor of American History at the University of Heidelberg in Germany specializing in African-American studies presents "Lynching: America's National Crime from a Global Perspective." He wrote the first history of the NAACP in German which has been translated as The Ticket to Freedom: the NAACP and the Struggle for Black Political Integration (Gainesville, 2005). Since then his Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America (Chicago, 2011) has appeared in English.
Abstract of lecture: In 1905 the American sociologist James E. Cutler called lynching "our country's national crime." Since the 1980s historians have produced numerous studies of lynching in America in general and of African Americans in the South in particular, but they have only recently begun to put the American experience in a broader international perspective. In his talk, Professor Berg will invoke a global comparative perspective to shed new light on the American practice.