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Lethal state : a history of the death penalty in North Carolina

Author: Seth Kotch
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Justice, power, and politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For years, American states have tinkered with the machinery of death, seeking to align capital punishment with evolving social standards and public will. Against this backdrop, North Carolina had long stood out as a prolific executioner with harsh mandatory sentencing statutes. But as the state sought to remake its image as modern and business-progressive in the early twentieth century, the question of execution  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seth Kotch
ISBN: 9781469649863 1469649861 9781469649870 146964987X
OCLC Number: 1038021809
Description: 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : a history of the present --
The general sense of justice : lynching and the death penalty, 1880-1950 --
Without howling, without squirming : reinventing the death penalty in Jim Crow North Carolina, 1910-1936 --
I cannot allow this boy to be executed : the essential role of mercy, 1910-1949 --
Intelligent and civilized sentiments : activism, discretion, and the decline of the death penalty, 1941-1961 --
An emotional craving : the revival of the death penalty in North Carolina, 1961-1984 --
Conclusion : a history of failure?.
Series Title: Justice, power, and politics.
Responsibility: Seth Kotch.

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Recounts the history of the death penalty in North Carolina, from its colonial origins to the present. Seth Kotch tracks the attempts to reform and sanitize the administration of death in a state as  Read more...

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