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Executioner’s Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair
Richard Moran (au)
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.
Carnavalia!: African-Brazilian Folklore and Crafts
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U.F.O.s: The Sighting of Alien People & Spacecraft From the Earliest Centuries to the Present Day
It’s Never Too Late to Get Rich: Secrets of Building a Nest Egg at Any Age
Sherlock Holmes Victorian Cookbook: Favourite Recipes of the Great Detective & Dr. Watson
People’s Charter?: Forty Years of the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949
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