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

Seth Kotch


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 preoccupied lawmakers, reformers, and state boosters alike. In this book, Seth Kotch recounts the history of the death penalty, including lynching, in North Carolina from its colonial ... More

Keywords: death penalty, face, capital punishment, lynching, Jim Crow, criminal justice, violence, prisons, death row, activism, execution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649870
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Kotch, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill