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Author Steelwater, Eliza.

Title The hangman's knot : lynching, legal execution, and America's struggle with the death penalty / Eliza Steelwater.

Published Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  364.660973 STEE    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: The Hanging of George Woods 1 -- 1 "The Right Type of Case" Capital Punishment, Prisoners without Capital, and Public Support for Executions 11 -- 2 Worst of the Worst: Puritans, Punishment, and Political Power 21 -- 3 "A Vast Circle of People" Authority, Public Execution, and Crowd Control 39 -- 4 "Darkness, Threatening, Ruins, Terror" The Penitentiary and Capital Punishment 51 -- 5 Will of the People: Early Reactions Against Capital Punishment 63 -- 6 Legacy of Conquest: Civil War, Slavery, and the First Ku Klux Klan 75 -- 7 Shivaree: Punishment by Mob 87 -- 8 "Let Each Man Be His Own Executioner" Rise of the San Francisco Vigilantes 97 -- 9 Takeover: Return of the San Francisco Vigilantes 109 -- 10 Boots, Bullets, and Big Bucks: The Vigilante Myth 121 -- 11 "Beaten All to Smash" Labor, the Robber Barons, and the Law 133 -- 12 "Death and Destruction to the System" Labor on Trial 149 -- 13 White on White Terrorism after the Civil War 161 -- 14 "Serving Your Racial Needs" Colonel Simmons's Ku Klux Klan 171 -- 15 "Foreigners and Negroes" Discrimination, Lynching, and the Penalty of Death 185 -- 16 A Clean, Well-Lighted Place: Death-Penalty Reform in the Progressive Era 203 -- 17 "Evolving Standards of Decency" Civil Rights and Abolition of the Death Penalty 215 -- 18 Endless End of Capital Punishment 229.
Subject Capital punishment -- United States -- History.
Executions and executioners -- United States -- History.
ISBN 081334042X (alk. paper)