Modupe Labode, “The ‘stern, fearless settlers of the West’: Lynching, Region, and Capital Punishment in Early Twentieth-Century Colorado”
Abstract: This article explores the rhetoric of lynching articulated by whites in Colorado about three lynchings that occurred in the state, paying special attention to ideas of race, region, and the relationship between lynching and capital punishment. In 1900, crowds lynched one white man and two African American men. White Coloradans attempted to create a distinction between western vigilante-style killings, which they saw as positive responses to an inadequate system of justice, and southern, white supremacist lynchings, which they described as lawless. These residents characterized the lynchings as examples of western vigilantism, asserted that race was an insignificant factor in the killings, and argued that reinstating capital punishment, which the state had banned years earlier, would make lynching unnecessary. In 1901, largely in response to political pressure generated in the aftermath of the lynchings, the state legislature reinstated capital punishment.
Renee M. Laegreid, “Finding the American West in Twenty-First-Century Italy”
Abstract: Beginning in 1890, Americans exported specific ideas and images of the American West to Italy. Transnational exchanges of ideas, people, and culture help explain how Italians have adapted western mythology to accommodate their cultural, political, and economic circumstances, keeping the American West relevant to them in the twenty-first century.
A partire dal 1890, gli americani esportati idee e immagini del West americano specifiche per l'Italia Scambi transnazionali di idee, persone e cultura contribuiscono a spiegare come gli italiani si sono adattati mitologia del Far West per accogliere i loro circostanze culturali, politici ed economici, mantenendo il West americano rilevante per loro nel ventunesimo secolo.
Natalia Molina, “The Long Arc of Dispossession: Racial Capitalism and Contested Notions of Citizenship in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in the Early Twentieth Century”
Abstract: This article examines the deportation proceedings of Nicolas Flores to interrogate larger issues of race, citizenship, and belonging in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The case demonstrates how concepts of race based on culture and biology, and the fact that Flores lacked racial capital, helped cast doubt on his citizenship and even reinscribed him as an immigrant.
Field Notes, Don Romesburg, “Through a Guest Book, Queerly”
Abstract: Museum guest books have a dual function—registering visitors and encouraging them to leave impressions of the exhibitions. They are simultaneously public and intimate, providing a level field for all as arbiters of history. This essay describes the author’s analysis of the guest book at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History Museum in San Francisco as a way of evaluating how the museum’s intentions translate into visitors’ experience.