Without mercy : the stunning true story of race, crime, and corruption in the Deep South / David Beasley.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's,
ISBN: 9781250014665 (hbk.) :
On December 9th, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in 81 minutes in Tattnall prison's electric chair. At the time the executions were a record. 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. This book is a 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 racial inequality that continues to plague America.
304 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm
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