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Executioner's current : Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the invention of the electric chair

Author: Richard Moran
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Traces the origins and development of the electric chair, the battle between Edison and Westinghouse for commercial control of electricity, the first electrocution, the legal battle that ensued, and its long-term effects.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas A Edison; George Westinghouse; Thomas A Edison; George Westinghouse; Thomas A Edison; George Westinghouse
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Moran
ISBN: 0375410597 9780375410598
OCLC Number: 50792338
Description: xxii, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: "William, it is time" --
The battle of the currents: Edison versus Westinghouse, DC versus AC --
The new electrical execution law --
Harold Brown and the "executioner's current" --
"I'll take the rope": the life, crime, and trial of William Kemmler --
Unusually cruel punishment --
Neither cruel nor unusual punishment --
Kemmler's legacy: the search for a humane method of execution.
Responsibility: Richard Moran.
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Traces the origins and development of the electric chair, the battle between Edison and Westinghouse for commercial control of electricity, the first electrocution, the legal battle that ensued, and its long-term effects.

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