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Lethal StateA History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina$
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Seth Kotch

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649870

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649870.001.0001

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Without Howling, Without Squirming

Without Howling, Without Squirming

Reinventing the Death Penalty in Jim Crow North Carolina, 1910–1936

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Lethal State

Seth Kotch

University of North Carolina Press

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 county sheriffs, it introduced the electric chair. When that failed to produce a swift and spectacle-free death, the state constructed a gas chamber. The search for a reliable, quiet, and painless method of execution sapped most of the activist energy around the death penalty, transforming its form but never its function.

Keywords:   death penalty, capital punishment, hanging, electric Chair, electrocution, gas chamber, asphyxiation, pain

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