ISBN-10:
0786444932
ISBN-13:
2900786444938
Pub. Date:
09/11/2009
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Electric Chair: An Unnatural American History

Electric Chair: An Unnatural American History

by Craig Brandon

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ISBN-13: 2900786444938
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/11/2009
Series: Social Sciences/Criminal Justice
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Professor Craig Brandon teaches writing at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He is the author of numerous articles and a book of popular history, and was a newspaper journalist for two decades. He has served as an on-air expert for PBS, NBC, and History Channel television programs, and lives in Surry, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1



1 The Genie of the Gilded Age 7

2 The Hangman's Terrible Legacy 25

3 The Death Commission 47

4 The Battle of the Currents 67

5 The People v. William Kemmler 89

6 Westinghouse's Counterattack 106

7 Cruel and Unusual Punishment 134

8 The Human Experiment 160

9 The Reaction: “A Thrill of Indignation” 181

10 The First Era: 1892–1974 205

11 The Electric Chair Reborn: 1976–1998 244



Notes 259

Bibliography 267

Index 273

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