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The Resource The child in the electric chair : the execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the making of a tragedy in the American South, Eli Faber ; foreword by Carol Berkin

The child in the electric chair : the execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the making of a tragedy in the American South, Eli Faber ; foreword by Carol Berkin

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The child in the electric chair : the execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the making of a tragedy in the American South
Title
The child in the electric chair
Title remainder
the execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the making of a tragedy in the American South
Statement of responsibility
Eli Faber ; foreword by Carol Berkin
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Language
eng
Summary
"Eli Faber, professor of history emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has written a narrative history of the case of George Stinney, a fourteen-year-old African American boy who was executed for the alleged murder of two white girls (ages 8 and 11) in June 1944. This made Stinney the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. In 2014, a circuit court judge in South Carolina vacated the conviction. Faber moves beyond the single horrific moment to give a fuller picture of Stinney's world, attempting to answer the question, 'How was it possible, even for a state in the Deep South like South Carolina, to send a fourteen-year-old child to the electric chair in the middle of the twentieth century?' While the Stinney case has received periodic attention in the popular press, especially around the time of the vacated conviction, Faber's work represents the first extended, scholarly treatment of the case, its context, and its legacy. One reason for the lack of extended attention is the fact that no trial transcript exists (indeed, the trial itself lasted only 10 minutes). Faber makes use of traditional newspaper and archival sources in order to build the context necessary for understanding the events that led to Stinney's execution. Of note is a hitherto untapped collection of oral interviews conducted with observers and participants in 1983. The Stinney case, and even more its context and legacy, remain of vital importance today. The story that Faber tells is one of how a systemically racist system, paired with the personal ambitions of powerful individuals, combined to sacrifice the life of an African American child in order to support the maintenance of that system ... The ability to place the Stinney case into a larger context is the most significant contribution that Faber provides and he effectively shows how this case is not just a travesty of justice that is locked in the past, but rather one that continues to resonate in our own time ... [Faber] does more than ... [the] journalistic accounts to understand the events of 1944 as operating within a racial caste system, one evident not only in the trial itself but also the landscape and power structures of the town and the state..."--
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contains biographical information
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1943-2020
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Faber, Eli
Dewey number
323.1196/0730757
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.61
LC item number
.F127 2021
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Berkin, Carol
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  • Stinney, George Junius
  • African American teenage boys
  • Racism in criminal justice administration
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Electrocution
  • Electrocution
  • Race relations
  • Racism in criminal justice administration
  • Trials (Murder)
  • South Carolina
  • South Carolina
Target audience
adult
Label
The child in the electric chair : the execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the making of a tragedy in the American South, Eli Faber ; foreword by Carol Berkin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-170) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
June 16, 1944 -- A company town -- March 24-25, 1944 -- Postponing a lynching -- The road to trial -- Clarendon County speaks -- The silence of the NAACP -- The governor -- "This case will not die."
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 174 pages
Isbn
9781643361949
Lccn
2021010746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1223071907
  • (OCoLC)on1223071907
Label
The child in the electric chair : the execution of George Junius Stinney Jr. and the making of a tragedy in the American South, Eli Faber ; foreword by Carol Berkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-170) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
June 16, 1944 -- A company town -- March 24-25, 1944 -- Postponing a lynching -- The road to trial -- Clarendon County speaks -- The silence of the NAACP -- The governor -- "This case will not die."
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 174 pages
Isbn
9781643361949
Lccn
2021010746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1223071907
  • (OCoLC)on1223071907

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