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Without Mercy

The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South
Beasley, David (Book - 2014)
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"Without Mercy reads like a John Grisham thriller." ---David R. Dow, author of The Autobiography of an Execution On December 9, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in eighty-one minutes in Tattnall Prison's electric chair. The executions were a record for the state that still stands today. The new prison, built with funds from FDR's New Deal, as well as the fact that the men were tried and executed rather than lynched were thought to be a sign of progress. They were anything but. While those men were arrested, convicted, sentenced, and executed in as little as six weeks---E. D. Rivers, the governor of the state, oversaw a pardon racket for white killers and criminals, allowed the Ku Klux Klan to infiltrate his administration, and bankrupted the state. Race and wealth were all that determined whether or not a man lived or died. There was no progress. There was no justice. David Beasley's Without Mercy is the harrowing true story of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the violent death throes of the Klan, but most of all it is the story of the stunning injustice of these executions and how they have seared distrust of the legal system into the consciousness of the Deep South, and it is a story that will forever be a testament to the death penalty's appalling inequality that continues to plague our nation.
Authors: Beasley, David, 1958-
Title: Without mercy
the stunning true story of race, crime, and corruption in the Deep South
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: x, 276 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "Without Mercy reads like a John Grisham thriller." ---David R. Dow, author of The Autobiography of an Execution On December 9, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in eighty-one minutes in Tattnall Prison's electric chair. The executions were a record for the state that still stands today. The new prison, built with funds from FDR's New Deal, as well as the fact that the men were tried and executed rather than lynched were thought to be a sign of progress. They were anything but. While those men were arrested, convicted, sentenced, and executed in as little as six weeks---E. D. Rivers, the governor of the state, oversaw a pardon racket for white killers and criminals, allowed the Ku Klux Klan to infiltrate his administration, and bankrupted the state. Race and wealth were all that determined whether or not a man lived or died. There was no progress. There was no justice. David Beasley's Without Mercy is the harrowing true story of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the violent death throes of the Klan, but most of all it is the story of the stunning injustice of these executions and how they have seared distrust of the legal system into the consciousness of the Deep South, and it is a story that will forever be a testament to the death penalty's appalling inequality that continues to plague our nation.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 53 102 109 118 148 149 152 153 159 175 216
ISBN: 1250014662
9781250014665
Statement of Responsibility: David Beasley
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Georgia Race relations History 20th century. Crime Georgia History 20th century. African Americans Georgia Social conditions 20th century. Criminal justice, Administration of Corrupt practices Georgia History 20th century. Discrimination in criminal justice administration Georgia History 20th century. Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Topical Term: Crime
African Americans
Criminal justice, Administration of
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
LCCN: 2013038659
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