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Executioner’s Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair
The story of how the electric chair developed not

Our Price: $25.00
By Richard Moran (au)
Year: 2002
Pages: 271
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 0-375-41059-7

Product Code: 1422363546

The story of how the electric chair developed not out of the desire for a method of execution more humane than hanging but through an effort by one 19th-cent. electric co. to discredit the other. In 1882, Edison light up a portion of Manhattan with his direct current (DC) system. Six years later George Westinghouse lit up Buffalo with his less expensive alternating current (AC). Edison set out to blacken the image of Westinghouse’s AC by persuading the NY State to electrocute condemned criminals with AC current. Westinghouse fought to stop the first electrocution, claiming that use of the electric chair constituted cruel & unusual punishment. The electrocution went forward in Aug. 1890. “A superbly told tale of industrial & political skullduggery.” Illus.

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