The Electric Chair: An Unnatural American History

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McFarland, 3. 3. 2016 - Počet stran: 285
This book provides a history of the electric chair and analyzes its features, its development, and the manner of its use. Chapters cover the early conceptual stages as a humane alternative to hanging, and the rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse that was one of the main forces in the chair’s adoption as a mode of execution. Also presented are an account of the terrible first execution and a number of the subsequent gruesome employments of the chair. The text explores the changing attitudes toward the chair as state after state replaced it with lethal injection.
 

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The electric chair: an unnatural American history

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Opponents of capital punishment have often condemned the methods of execution as vehemently as the executions themselves. Brandon (Keene State Coll., NH) contends that, in modern times, the electric ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Preface
1
1 The Genie of the Gilded Age
7
2 The Hangmans Terrible Legacy
25
3 The Death Commission
47
4 The Battle of the Currents
67
5 The People v William Kemmler
89
6 Westinghouses Counterattack
106
7 Cruel and Unusual Punishment
134
8 The Human Experiment
160
A Thrill of Indignation
181
18921974
205
19761998
244
Notes
259
Bibliography
269
Index
275
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Professor Craig Brandon teaches writing at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He is the author of numerous articles and a book of popular history, and was a newspaper journalist for two decades. He has served as an on-air expert for PBS, NBC, and History Channel television programs, and lives in Surry, New Hampshire.

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