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

Author: Seth Kotch
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
Series: Justice, power, and politics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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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Kotch, Seth.
Lethal state.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018021265
(OCoLC)1038021809
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Seth Kotch
ISBN: 9781469649894 1469649896
OCLC Number: 1082137033
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 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.
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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No substantial volume has been devoted to the history of capital punishment in a single American state until Professor Kotch provided his detailed history of the death penalty in North Read more...

 
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