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The last gasp : the rise and fall of the American gas chamber

Author: Scott Christianson
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
Series: Bienestar y proteccion social (E-libro)
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First constructed in Nevada in 1924, the gas chamber, a method of killing sealed off and removed from the sight and hearing of witnesses, was originally touted as a 'humane' method of execution.  Read more...


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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Christianson, Scott.
Last gasp.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009052476
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Christianson
OCLC Number: 929615972
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 325 p.) : ill
Contents: List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction PART ONE THE RISE OF THE LETHAL CHAMBER 1. Envisioning the Lethal Chamber 2. Fashioning a Frightful Weapon of War 3. Devising "Constructive Peacetime Uses" 4. Staging the World's First Gas Execution 5. "Like Watering Flowers" 6. Pillar of Respectability 7. The Rising Storm 8. Adapted for Genocide PART TWO THE FALL OF THE GAS CHAMBER 9. Clouds of Abolition 10. The Battle over Capital Punishment 11 "Cruel and Unusual Punishment"? 12. The Last Gasp Appendix 1: Earl C. Liston's Patent Application Appendix 2: Persons Executed by Lethal Gas in the United States, by State, 1924--1999 Notes Select Bibliography Index
Series Title: Bienestar y proteccion social (E-libro)
Responsibility: Scott Christianson.


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"Christianson makes a chilling argument for its [the gas chamber's]-and the death penalty's-abolition." STARRED REVIEW Publishers Weekly "An excellent history." -- Brian Bethune Maclean's Read more...

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