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Lindsay V. Reckson

in Realist Ecstasy: Religion, Race, and Performance in American Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781479803323
eISBN:
9781479842452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479803323.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines turn-of-the-century electrification as a site of ecstatic possibility and violent materialization, analyzing little-known photographs by William Van der Weyde of the electric ... More


Hanging, the Electric Chair, and Death Penalty Reform in the Early Twentieth-Century South

Vivien Miller

in Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042409
eISBN:
9780252051241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042409.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

examines the moment when southern states adopted the electric chair by studying Florida’s fraught and uneven transition in the 1920s. Compared to the amateurish and messy practice of hanging, the ... More


Warren McCleskey and the Electric Chair

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

in Imprisoned by the Past: Warren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199967933
eISBN:
9780190225612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.003.0016
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter recounts the history of the electric chair and describes Warren McCleskey’s execution in Georgia’s electric chair. The electric chair is an American execution method that has a unique ... More


Mortal Recoil: Early American Execution Scenesand the Electric Chair

C. Scott Combs

in Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163477
eISBN:
9780231538039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163477.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the transformation of bodies from “alive” to “dead” in early American films by focusing on the way they pictured execution and emulated the structure and logic of the electric ... More


Without Howling, Without Squirming: Reinventing the Death Penalty in Jim Crow North Carolina, 1910–1936

Seth Kotch

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469649870
eISBN:
9781469649894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649870.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores the drive to make execution painless for the condemned and easy for executioners and witnesses. When the state of North Carolina took responsibility for capital punishment from ... More


Charged Arguments: Electricity

Calestous Juma

in Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190467036
eISBN:
9780190627164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467036.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics, Political Economy

This chapter illustrates one dimension of technological coexistence—specifically, tensions between the proponents of Thomas Edison’s direct current (DC) and the champions of George Westinghouse’s ... More


Deadly Devices: Animals, Capital Punishment, and the Scope of Sovereignty

Kelly Oliver

in Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251087
eISBN:
9780823253036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Turning to capital punishment exercised on animals, along with Thomas Edison's experimentation on animals that led to the invention of the electric chair, I develop an alternative genealogy of man's ... More


“No Improvement over Electrocution or Even a Bullet”: Lethal Injection and the Meaning of Speed and Reliability in the Modern Execution Process

Jürgen Martschukat

in The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762172
eISBN:
9780814762547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762172.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter examines the argument that the lethal injection is not humane at all, with particular emphasis on its speed and reliability. It first considers the latest criticisms against the lethal ... More


Introduction: An Elusive Passage

C. Scott Combs

in Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163477
eISBN:
9780231538039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163477.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book explores the theme of death and dying in American cinema. It situates cinema along a specific technological trajectory in order to understand its death sign by looking at some of the ... More


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