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Edison & the electric chair : a story of light and death

Author: Mark Essig
Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite having been an avowed opponent of the death penalty, Edison threw his laboratory resources and reputation behind the creation of a very different sort of device--the electric chair.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Essig
ISBN: 0802714064 9780802714060
OCLC Number: 52160004
Description: 358 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Edison on the witness stand --
Early sparks --
The inventor --
Light --
Electricity and life --
"Down to the last penny" --
Wiring New York --
The hanging ritual --
The Death Penalty Commission --
George Westinghouse and the rise of alternating current --
The electrical execution law --
"A desperate fight" --
"Criminal economy" --
Condemned --
Showdown --
The unmasking of Harold Brown --
Pride and reputation --
The electric wire panic --
Designing the electric chair --
The conversion of William Kemmler --
The first experiment --
After Kemmler --
The end of the battle of the currents --
The age of the electric chair --
The new spectacle of death.
Other Titles: Edison and the electric chair
Responsibility: Mark Essig.
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Despite having been an avowed opponent of the death penalty, Edison threw his laboratory resources and reputation behind the creation of a very different sort of device--the electric chair.

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