Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

The Lynching Era

Entry 8: The Lynching Era The Lynching era, which spanned from the end of the Civil War (1865) to 1930 was one of the most controversial times in United States history. Not only did the abolition of slavery and then the adoption of the Jim Crow Laws demonstrate the tug of war for power over… Continue reading The Lynching Era

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

Death Row Conditions

Entry 7: Death Row Conditions   Women currently account for less than one percent of inmates on death row in the United States (DPIC). With the majority of the offenders on death row being male, it is no wonder women are housed separately. However, it is interesting that unlike men on death row, women are… Continue reading Death Row Conditions

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

Gender disparity and the Death Penalty

Entry #6- Gender disparity and the Death Penalty The topic of race and gender disparity in regards to the death penalty is a highly debated topic. Although race disparity is more common, sparking iconic Supreme Court cases such as Furman v. Georgia and implementation of the Gregg decision the latter, gender disparity, is commonly swept… Continue reading Gender disparity and the Death Penalty

Open Book History

Democracy, Nationalism, and Economic Expansion: An Analysis of Western Influence on the Policies of Dr. Sun Yat Sen

Known for his leadership in China during the 1911 revolution and regarded as the father of China, Dr. Sun Yat Sen may be one of the most influential political leaders of all time. Being both well-traveled and well educated, Sun possessed insight about the world, particularly the Western world which others in China during this… Continue reading Democracy, Nationalism, and Economic Expansion: An Analysis of Western Influence on the Policies of Dr. Sun Yat Sen

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

Methods of the Execution of Women

Entry #5: Methods of Execution of Women Figure 1 The methods of execution regarding capital punishment have drastically changed since its first use in the United States in 1608. Although the rate of execution is drastically lower for women than men, women have been no stranger to being put to death by the State. Although… Continue reading Methods of the Execution of Women

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

A Brief History of the Execution of Women 1632 – Present

Entry #4: A Brief History of the Execution of Women Since the beginning of time, the death penalty has been handed down to both men and women for death worthy offenses. Although the crimes which carry a sentence of death have changed, capital punishment has withstood the test of time. The origin of the death… Continue reading A Brief History of the Execution of Women 1632 – Present

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

Changing the Message of the Death Penalty via State Sanctioned “Suicide”: James French and Christina Riggs

The practice of volunteering for execution by stopping all appeals is not an uncommon occurrence on death row. It has been proven that death row conditions, specifically solitary confinement, have the potential to produce mental illness and conditions such as hallucinations, hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli, and extreme anxiety, but what about inmates who commit murder just because they want to die? This was the case for James French and more recently, Christina Riggs. If inmates who wish to commit state sanctioned “suicide” are obliged, the message of the death penalty in itself is skewed, and concerns about the mental health process upon conviction, unearthed.