Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina

Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina

by Seth Kotch

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ISBN-13: 9781469649887
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/10/2019
Series: Justice, Power, and Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

Seth Kotch is assistant professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Seth Kotch fills his well-documented and exhaustively researched book about North Carolina's history of executions with spectacular tales of the state's failure to mete out justice reliably and to treat persons of color and the poor fairly. This book should be required reading for anyone considering the legacy and future of capital punishment in the United States.--Ken Rose, The Center for Death Penalty Litigation



With poignant prose and an acute analytical eye, Kotch has written a harrowing and unforgettable history that exposes the inequity of the death penalty in the United States. Some of this eye-opening and moving story is peculiar to North Carolina, but, alas, much of it is not. Anyone interested in how the death penalty has been applied and why it continues to be applied in the United States should read Lethal State.--W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



This is a compelling book on a topic of significant scholarly and public interest, and makes an important intervention in debates about the sort of state North Carolina wants to be based on a careful historical account of its past.--Bruce E. Baker, University of Newcastle



Few historical studies have so thoroughly refocused my understanding of one of the foremost issues of our time: the criminal justice system's persistently inequitable treatment of African American men. Beautifully and passionately written, Lethal State should convince any fence-sitter that the arbitrary, utterly unjustly administered death penalty should finally become thing of the past, as it has in every Western nation except the U.S.--Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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