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Women and the death penalty in the United States, 1900-1998 /
Kathleen A. O'Shea ; foreword by Ann Patrick Conrad.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
description
xxiii, 404 p.
ISBN
027595952X (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
isbn
027595952X (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2665831
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [379]-389) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
In this interesting and provocative book O'Shea has compiled scattered statistical information on past and current death row inmates. Though the main focus is on women and the death penalty, the factual accounts provide unforgettable insights into the darkest secrets of the criminal justice system in carrying out executions. The first chapter offers an interesting history of the execution of women. The remaining chapters mainly cover embarrassing yet chilling details of the execution of women in 29 states. The account of each state includes men as well as women who have been executed, how they were executed, and what the final moments were like. This disturbing book makes readers revisit and rethink the execution of human beings. At times, this reviewer felt he had a front row seat witnessing the emotions and feelings of women and men sentenced to death. O'Shea discusses hangings that faltered, where those executed were decapitated in error or did not die, electric chairs that either overworked or did not kill, as well as gas chambers and lethal injections that did not work properly. Simply stated, the book begins to unravel on an emotional level the arguments for the death penalty. Highly recommended for general readers, undergraduates, and above. P. J. Venturelli Valparaiso University
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"In this interesting and provocative book O'Shea has compiled scattered statistical information on past and current death row inmates. Though the main focus is on women and the death penalty, the factual accounts provide unforgettable insights into the darkest secrets of the criminal justice system in carrying out executions.... This disturbing book makes readers revisit and rethink the execution of human beings. At times, this reviewer felt he had a front row seat witnessing the emotions and feelings of women and men sentenced to death.... Simply stated, the book begins to unravel on an emotional level the arguments for the death penalty. Highly recommended for general readers, undergraduates, and above."- Choice
'œO'Shea's vivid and fluid literary style enhances her prodigious research into state laws and political attitudes that sustain the death penalty.'' National Women's Studies Association Journal
"O'Shea's vivid and fluid literary style enhances her prodigious research into state laws and political attitudes that sustain the death penalty."- National Women's Studies Association Journal
'œThe study of women's experiences is described in such detail that it provides readers with an understanding of the circumstances surrounding either their deaths or, for those currently on death row, the decisions for the death penalty.'' Journal of Criminal Justice
"The study of women's experiences is described in such detail that it provides readers with an understanding of the circumstances surrounding either their deaths or, for those currently on death row, the decisions for the death penalty."- Journal of Criminal Justice
'œIn this interesting and provocative book O'Shea has compiled scattered statistical information on past and current death row inmates. Though the main focus is on women and the death penalty, the factual accounts provide unforgettable insights into the darkest secrets of the criminal justice system in carrying out executions.... This disturbing book makes readers revisit and rethink the execution of human beings. At times, this reviewer felt he had a front row seat witnessing the emotions and feelings of women and men sentenced to death.... Simply stated, the book begins to unravel on an emotional level the arguments for the death penalty. Highly recommended for general readers, undergraduates, and above.'' Choice
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Using a historical framework, this book offers not only the penal history of the death penalty in the states that have given women the death penalty, but it also retells the stories of the women who have been executed and those currently awaiting their fate on death row.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work traces the history of women and the death penalty in the United States from 1900 to 1998, examining the penal codes in the various states and providing personal stories of women who have been executed.
Long Description
Using a historical framework, this book offers not only the penal history of the death penalty in the states that have given women the death penalty, but it also retells the stories of the women who have been executed and those currently awaiting their fate on death row. This work takes a historical look at women and the death penalty in the United States from 1900 to 1998. It gives the reader a look at the penal codes in the various states regarding the death penalty and the personal stories of women who have been executed or who are currently on death row. As Americans continue to debate the enforcement of the death penalty, the issues of race and gender as they relate to the death penalty are also debated. This book offers a unique perspective to a recurring sociopolitical issue.
Long Description
This work takes a historical look at women and the death penalty in the United States from 1900 to 1998. It gives the reader a look at the penal codes in the various states regarding the death penalty and the personal stories of women who have been executed or who are currently on death row. As Americans continue to debate the enforcement of the death penalty, the issues of race and gender as they relate to the death penalty are also debated. This book offers a unique perspective to a recurring sociopolitical issue.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Preface
History and Execution of Women
Alabama: Electrocution
Arizona: Gas/Lethal Injection
Arkansas: Electrocution/Lethal Injection
California: Gas/Lethal Injection
Connecticut: Lethal Injection
Delaware: Lethal Injection/Hanging Federal Jurisdiction
Florida: Electrocution
Georgia: Electrocution
Idaho: Lethal Injection/Firing
Squad Illinois: Lethal Injection
Indiana: Lethal Injection
Kentucky: Electrocution
Louisiana: Lethal Injection
Maryland: Gas/Lethal Injection
Massachussetts: No Death Penalty
Mississippi: Gas/Lethal Injection
Missouri: Lethal Injection
Nevada: Lethal Injection
New Jersey: Lethal Injection
New York: Lethal Injection
North Carolina: Gas/Lethal Injection
Ohio: Gas/Lethal Injection
Oklahoma: Lethal Injection
Pennsylvania: Lethal Injection South
Carolina: Lethal Injection/Electrocution
Tennessee: Electrocution
Texas: Lethal Injection
Virginia: Lethal Injection
Vermont: No Death Penalty
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index
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