It is a reaction that sheds real light on the shilling modalities of cultural capital that in the 1860s allowed current mainstays of the canon to stand for plebeian uppityness
. And Public Speech clarifies the intimate relationship between the professions of actor and barrister, describing the necessity of a wide apparent distance between them, coupled with the intimate familial relations that sprang up between the triumphant leading men of both callings.
More often, the alleged crime was murder (nearly 40% of lynchings), though occasionally the offense was something much less serious, such as breach of racial etiquette or general uppityness
. Some lynchings are best understood as the administration of populist justice, while others can only be interpreted as efforts to ensure black subordination.