Scholars have documented that, in the early twentieth century, southern courts disproportionately imposed the death penalty on African-American defendants. Yet Jeffrey S. Adler, Professor of History at University of Florida, examined death penalty data for New Orleans between 1920 and 1945, and found that courts there actually sentenced white killers to death at a higher rate than Read more
Today, this is just an expression. But in Elizabethan England, it was literally true. In the Summer 2019 issue of Renaissance Quarterly, Mark Rankin, Professor of English at James Madison University, explains.