Lethal Punishment: Lynchings and Legal Executions in the by Margaret Vandiver PDF

By Margaret Vandiver

Why did a few offenses within the South result in mob lynchings whereas comparable crimes ended in criminal executions? Why did nonetheless different instances have nonlethal results? during this well-researched and well timed publication, Margaret Vandiver explores the complicated dating among those varieties of deadly punishment, tough the idea that executions regularly grew out of-and replaced-lynchings.

Vandiver starts off through interpreting the prevalence of those practices in 3 culturally and geographically specified southern areas. In rural northwest Tennessee, lynchings outnumbered felony executions by means of 11 to at least one and plenty of African americans have been lynched for racial caste offenses instead of for real crimes. by contrast, in Shelby County, which integrated the growing to be urban of Memphis, extra males have been legally done than lynched. Marion County, Florida, established a firmly entrenched culture of lynching for sexual attack that led to the early Nineteen Thirties with 3 criminal loss of life sentences in quickly succession.

With a severe eye to problems with position, condition, heritage, and race, Vandiver considers the ways in which felony and extralegal methods imitated, stimulated, and differed from one another. a chain of case experiences demonstrates a parallel among mock trials that have been held by means of lynch mobs and criminal trials that have been rushed throughout the courts and through quickly executions.

Tying her learn to modern debates over the demise penalty, Vandiver argues that sleek loss of life sentences, like lynchings of the earlier, stay prompted by means of elements of race and position, and sentencing is comparably erratic.

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