[Free Read] Executioner's Current Thomas Edison George Westinghouse and the Invention of the Electric Chair ✓ Richard D. Moran
One Con Glory eIt was also a custom for thexecution to be carried out in public with the idea that the display would discourage people from committing heinous crimes resulting in Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows execution Along with deciding that a humane and less painful way was needed toxecute criminals it was also decided that public displays were not helping to deter criminal activityAround the time that the debate of finding a better Way To Execute Criminals Started Thomas Edison Brought About The to xecute criminals started "Thomas Edison brought about the of lectricity when he lit up "Edison brought about the of Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, electricity when he lit up s financial district with direct currentlectricity Being a competitive person he was
not at all pleased when a former colleague George Westinghouse started lit at all pleased when a former colleague George Westinghouse started lit Buffalo using alternating current With competing types of A Fairly Honourable Defeat electrical current the rivalry between the two men became bitter and personal Westinghouse was saying that his type oflectricity was fficient while Edison contended tha Very good account of how the lectric chair was developed and initiated as an add for Edison s direct current in opposition to Westinghouse s alternating current It s pretty clear from the start that the author is both anti Edison and anti death penalty and unfortunately this comes through pretty blatantly and gets in the way of honest historical research It s a uick read but I don t feel it is comprehensive to the subject Horrifying yet informative I already kind of disliked Dison in order to maintain commercial dominance set out to blacken the image of Westinghouse’s AC by persuading the State of New York to Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue electrocute condemned criminals with AC current Westinghouse determined to keep AC from becoming known as the “executioner’s current” fought to stop the firstlectrocution claiming that use of the The Man Without a Face electric chair constituted cruel and unusual punishment The legal battle thatnsued Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) ended when the Supreme Court refused to rule Thelectrocution of William Kemler went .
Richard a sociologist and death penalty opponent argues that the lectric chair was invented not to a humane alternative to hanging but as an attempt by Thomas Edison to gain financial advantage over his business rival George Westinghouse Even if Moran s thesis is a bit overstated his lucid prose reveals corporate machination and biased scientific testimony a plenty Over much of the book is devoted to the life and death of William Kemmler the unfortunate who beta tested the lectric chair as well as blow by blow descriptions of all the legal action in his case from jury trial to the refusal of the US Supreme Court to rule that lectrocution was cruel and unusual punishment lots of information on and unusual punishment Lots of information on men that did what they could to control their mpires Makes todays news stories look sad and little compared to the degree these two men went at it I found this to be an interesting book discussing the decision to use All Seated on the Ground electricity as a painless and humane method ofxecuting convicted criminalsDuring the last of the 19th century criminals were Untitled. executed by hanging them While this was an accepted practice many people started to complain that this method wasxcessively cruel They felt that unless the Wiring executioner was knowledgeable andxperienced the hanging could be botched causing the criminal s Against All Odds execution to take 20 30 torturous minutes As bad as this was. The amazing story of how thelectric chair developed not out of the desire for a method of Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage execution humane than hanging but of anffort by one nineteenth century The DOS electric company to discredit the otherIn 1882 Thomas Edison launched “the age oflectricity” by lighting up a portion of Manhattan with his direct current DC system Six years later George Westinghouse lit up Buffalo with his less xpensive alternating current AC They uickly became locked in a battle for market share Richard Moran shows that .
Dison now I rather hate him for his role in the lectric chair I wish that the book went a little into the Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism electric chair s role in the 20th century but when a book goes into this much detail you can t make the focus too broad The illustrations of thelectric chairs may make people sitting next to you on the subway nervous An interesting story but told in incredible detail This is "perhaps useful for a scholar in this field but if you just want "useful for a scholar in this field but if you just want main story you have to wade through an awful lot of repetition details such as what 10 different newspapers or journalists reported numerous differing opinions from committee members or those called to court I m not sure who this book was aimed at but it s not really for the general reader Main focus is on the legal manuevering around the first Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils execution bylectrocution Much of the legal action result of the conflict between Westinghouse Edison Basically Edison stuck with a direct current system that was proving unpopular once people realized that it reuired a generation plant very few miles tried to make the use of alternating current championed by Westinghouse in an xecution into a marketing ploy that would show alternating current was too dangerous to have around the house Edison and cronies killed several animals as well to make point The result of the legal maneuvering was clarification of cruel unusual. Orward in New York’s Auburn Pen itentiary in August 1890 and was horribly botched Moran makes clear how this industry tug of war raised many profound and disturbing uestions not only about Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, electrocution but about the technological nature of the search for a humane method ofxecution And the fundamental uestion he says remains with us today Can Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, executionver be considered humane A superbly told tale of industrial and political skullduggery that brings to light a little known chapter of modern American histo. .