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

Autore: Richard Moran
Editore: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : English : 1st edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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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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Persona incaricata: Thomas A Edison; George Westinghouse; Thomas A Edison; George Westinghouse
Tipo materiale: Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Richard Moran
ISBN: 0375410597 9780375410598
Numero OCLC: 50792338
Descrizione: xxii, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contenuti: "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.
Responsabilità: 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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