Legacy of Violence by John D. Bessler
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Legacy of Violence
By John D. Bessler

Legacy of Violence

Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota

By (author) See other recent books by John D. Bessler
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $35.95
Your Price: $32.36 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $3.59! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.62 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Legacy of Violence by John D. Bessler

Book Description

Minnesota is one of only twelve states that does not allow the death penalty, but that was not always the case. In fact, until 1911 executions in the state were legal and frequently carried out. In Legacy of Violence, John D. Bessler takes us on a compelling journey through the history of lynchings and state-sanctioned executions that dramatically shaped Minnesota s past.Through personal accounts of those involved with the events, Bessler traces the history of both famous and lesser-known executions and lynchings in Minnesota, the state s anti death penalty and anti-lynching movements, and the role of the media in the death penalty debate. Bessler reveals Abraham Lincoln s thoughts as he ordered the largest mass execution in U.S. history of thirty-eight Indians in Mankato after the Dakota Conflict of 1862. He recounts the events surrounding the death of Ann Bilansky, the only woman ever executed in Minnesota, and the infamous botched hanging of William Williams, which led to renewed calls for the abolition of capital punishment. He tells the story of the 1920 lynching in Duluth of three African-American circus workers wrongfully accused of rape and the anti-lynching crusade that followed. The significant role that Minnesota played in America s transformation to private, after-dark executions is presented in the discussion of the midnight assassination law. Bessler s account is made more timely by thirty-five hundred people on death row in America today more than at any other time in our nation s history. Is Minnesota s current approach superior to that of states that have capital punishment? Bessler looks at Minnesota history to ask whether the application of the death penalty can truly solve the problem of violence in America.John D. Bessler is an attorney at the Minneapolis law firm of Kelly & Berens and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is the author of Kiss of Death: America s Love Affair with the Death Penalty (2003) and Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America (1997)."

Buy Legacy of Violence book by John D. Bessler from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780816638116
ISBN-10: 081663811X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 150mm x 18mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Books By Author John D. Bessler


Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Legacy of Violence book by John D. Bessler and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by John D. Bessler close
Legacy of Violence by John D. Bessler
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close