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Jul 08, 2019

Books: Lethal State — A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina

The death penal­ty and lynch­ing were instru­ments of white suprema­cist polit­i­cal and social pow­er” in North Carolina, diverg­ing in form but not in func­tion. So writes University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill American Studies Professor Seth Kotch In his new­ly released book, Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina. Lethal State tracks North Carolina’s use of the death penal­ty from post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present. Kotch sum­ma­rizes the through line of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, say­ing, The death penalty’s habits in North Carolina includ­ed prey­ing on the mentally…