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Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South$
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Amy Louise Wood and Natalie J. Ring

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042409

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042409.001.0001

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

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

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(p.170) Chapter 8 Hanging, the Electric Chair, and Death Penalty Reform in the Early Twentieth-Century South
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Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South
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Vivien Miller

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042409.003.0008

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 electric chair offered efficiency, professionalism, and privacy, leading state officials to celebrate it as a form of “penal modernism.” This modernism, however, shifted authority of criminal justice from local sheriffs to a centralized state bureaucracy. This chapter highlights the effects of this shift on long-standing execution rituals, which came to be imbued with new class, gender, and racial constrictions that were emblematic of the modernizing, industrial state.

Keywords:   death penalty, electric chair, executions, hanging, sheriff, Florida, the South, criminal justice, modernism

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