I may not be a historian, but at least one of the chapters of this book is absolutely inaccurate. The chapter I refer to deals with a lynching which happened in my county in Georgia. Not only did Litwack misidentify the name of my town, he also misidentified the actual location where it occurred. His source credits did not reflect that he had consulted the newspaper in my hometown for an account of the event (I did when I researched it, and there is an account of the event a day after it happened); instead, he consulted Northern and NAACP publications, which, while they have their value, their accuracy cannot be proven when we area talking about 1899 and their lack of bias cannot be proven when we are talking about 1899. This leads me to believe that Litwack never set foot in my hometown. Never looked in microfilm of our newspaper. Some researcher. Therefore I have to assume that other passages in this book are as biased and full of holes as Litwack's description of the Sam Hose incident.
Another theme of this so-called factual book is the absolute omission of white conscience. Anyone who knows anything about the horrible lynching I described knows that more than one white man begged and pleaded with the mob to spare Sam Hose. Why were these people left out of Litwack's account?