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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Legend

Watt Espy in Headland, AL home office, circa early '90s
"M. Watt Espy is a legend among historians and sociologists of the death penalty in America." source
 
Howard Allen reaches out to Watt Espy.


Race, Class, and the Death Penalty: Capital Punishment in American History. By Howard W. Allen and Jerome M. Clubb. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008. xiv, 239 pp. $65.00, ISBN 978-0-7914-7437-2.)

M. Watt Espy is a legend among historians and sociologists of the death penalty in America. Since 1970, he has endeavored to collect information on all legal executions in the United States and the respective European colonies before 1776. In their book, Howard D. Allen and Jerome M. Clubb use Espy's work as their main source to define and analyze long-term trends and variations in the use of capital punishment in America from colonial times to World War II, focusing specifically on social biases based on race and class. Allen and Clubb also include lynching, stressing that …

http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/96/1/184.1.extract

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