WorldCat Identities

Moran, Richard

Overview
Works: 2 works in 21 publications in 1 language and 582 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Richard Moran
The Insanity defense( Book )

6 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Executioner's current : Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the invention of the electric chair by Richard Moran( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1882, Thomas Edison launched "the age of electricity" by lighting up a portion of Manhattan with his direct current (DC) system. Six years later George Westinghouse lit up Buffalo with his less expensive alternating current (AC). They quickly became locked in a battle for market share. Richard Moran shows that Edison, in order to maintain commercial dominance, set out to blacken the image of Westinghouse's AC by persuading the State of New York to electrocute condemned criminals with AC current. Westinghouse, determined to keep AC from becoming known as the "executioner's current," fought to stop the first electrocution, claiming that use of the electric chair constituted cruel and unusual punishment. The legal battle that ensued ended when the Supreme Court refused to rule. The electrocution of William Kemler went forward at New York's Auburn Penitentiary in August 1890 - and was horribly botched."
 
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Audience level: 0.32 (from 0.28 for Executione ... to 0.33 for The Insani ...)

Executioner's current : Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the invention of the electric chair
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Alternative Names
モラン, リチャード

Languages
English (21)