Condemned

Inside the Sing Sing Death House

Author: Scott Christianson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814716164

Category: History

Page: 200

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Outside the Lines traces how sports laid a foundation for social change long before the judicial system formally recognized the inequalities of racial separation. Integrating sports teams to include white and black athletes alike, the National Football League served as a microcosmic fishbowl of the highs and lows, the trials and triumphs, of racial integration. Watching a football game on a Sunday evening, most sports fans do not realize the profound impact the National Football League had on the civil rights movement. Similarly, in a sport where seven out of ten players are black, few are fully aware of the history and contributions of their athletic forebears. Among the touchdowns and tackles lies a rich history of African American life and the struggle to achieve equal rights. Although the Supreme Court did not reverse their 1896 decision of "separate but equal" in the Plessy v Ferguson case until more than fifty years later, sports laid a foundation for social change long before our judicial system formally recognized the inequalities of racial separation. Integrating sports teams to include white and black athletes alike, the National Football League served as a microcosmic fishbowl of the highs and lows, the trials and triumphs, of racial integration. In this chronicle of black NFL athletes, Charles K. Ross has given us the story of the Jackie Robinsons of American football.

Capital Punishment

A Bibliography with Indexes

Author: C. Cliff

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781590335314

Category: Social Science

Page: 146

View: 4412

The issue of capital punishment is a continually-debated issue because it calls into question the values and direction of society. How is a civilisation supposed to handle lawbreakers? Are some crimes so heinous and some people so dangerous that the death penalty is the only appropriate response? The United States Constitution prohibits 'cruel and unusual punishment', but opinions on whether that includes capital punishment are vehement on both sides. Many states have some form of death penalty, and public opinion seems to indicate support of it in principle. However, many firestorms have erupted recently over the application of the penalty, including the topics of its use on minors and those with mental disabilities. There are also questions raised about how much of a factor race plays in a capital sentence. Internationally, several countries have foresworn the death penalty, with certain countries in Europe and the Americas refusing to extradite criminal suspects (including suspected terrorists) to the US if capital punishment is a possible sentence. With such politically flammable and ethically challenging issues hanging over it, capital punishment is a vitally important issue t

Notorious Prisons

An Inside Look at the World's Most Feared Institutions

Author: Scott Christianson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 2660

An inside look at the world's most feared institutions, from ancient and medieval up to the Bangkok Hilton and Abu Ghraib.

The Jews of Sing Sing

Gotham Gangsters and Gonuvim

Author: Ron Arons

Publisher: Barricade Books Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 7864

When author Ron Arons found out that his ancestor served time at Sing Sing, one of America's most infamous prisons, he faced a dilemma: should he tell people or try to keep the information a secret? He chose the former - and the more he learned about his criminal great-grandfather, the more fascinated he became with what had led him to commit the crimes that eventually landed him in jail. Soon after, Arons decided to expand on the topic by exploring the lives of all Jews who served time in the famous prison, resulting in a fascinating history of New York crime.

Library Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 5222

Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

Choosing Mercy

A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty

Author: Antoinette Bosco

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 239

View: 9475

In telling her dramatic journey from grief to forgiveness, Bosco presents compelling arguments to why the death penalty does not work and morally is wrong. "Choosing Mercy" is timely, gut-honest, and inspiring.

The Last Gasp

The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber

Author: Scott Christianson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520945611

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 1414

The Last Gasp takes us to the dark side of human history in the first full chronicle of the gas chamber in the United States. In page-turning detail, award-winning writer Scott Christianson tells a dreadful story that is full of surprising and provocative new findings. First constructed in Nevada in 1924, the gas chamber, a method of killing sealed off and removed from the sight and hearing of witnesses, was originally touted as a "humane" method of execution. Delving into science, war, industry, medicine, law, and politics, Christianson overturns this mythology for good. He exposes the sinister links between corporations looking for profit, the military, and the first uses of the gas chamber after World War I. He explores little-known connections between the gas chamber and the eugenics movement. Perhaps most controversially, he has unearthed new evidence about American and German collaboration in the production and lethal use of hydrogen cyanide and about Hitler’s adoption of gas chamber technology developed in the United States. More than a book about the death penalty, this compelling history ultimately reveals much about America’s values and power structures in the twentieth century.

Innocent

Inside Wrongful Conviction Cases

Author: Scott Christianson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081471675X

Category: Law

Page: 196

View: 2868

Innocent graphically documents forty-two recent criminal cases to find evidence of shocking miscarriages of justice, especially in murder cases. Based upon interviews with more than 200 people and reviews of hundreds internal case files, court records, smoking-gun memoranda, and other documents, Scott Christianson gets inside the legal cases, revealing the mistakes, abuses, and underlying factors that led to miscarriages of justice, while also describing how determined prisoners, post-conviction attorneys, advocates, and journalists struggle against tremendous odds to try to win their exonerations. The result is a powerful work that recounts the human costs of a criminal justice system gone awry, and shows us how wrongful convictions can—and do—happen everywhere.

The Nation

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literature

Page: N.A

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Access

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American periodicals

Page: N.A

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The Library Journal

Chiefly Devoted to Library Economy and Bibliography

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 7074

Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.