Marquart et al (1994) Ch. 3 Questions

Marquart et al (1994) Ch. 3 Questions - peculiar chivalry....

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Marquart, J. W., Ekland-Olson, S., & Sorensen, J. R. (1994). Rape, race and a ‘peculiar chivalry.’ (Chapter 3). In The rope, the chair, and the needle: Capital punishment in Texas, 1923-1990 (pp. 38-65). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. Reading Study Guide Questions: 1) What evidence is there of sexual attacks by slaves? 2) What percentage of death-sentenced rapists was African American? 3) What are the characteristics of death-sentenced rapist? Prior offenses? Educational level? Literacy? 4) What are characteristics of victims of death-sentenced rape cases? Single versus multiple victims? Race and gender of victims? Victims known to offenders? 5) How did Jessie Daniel Ames describe the ‘peculiarly construed chivalry’? How did this categorize white women and black men? 6) What is the Southern rape complex? 7) Would the authors agree or disagree with the statement, “The fact that African American males were sentenced to death and executed for rape is not by itself evidence of a
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Unformatted text preview: peculiar chivalry. 8) In comparison to other groups convicted of rape, how did black Americans fare with regard receiving death sentences? In the 1930s? 9) Where in Texas were individuals most likely to be sentenced to death for rape? What is the historical significance of these counties? 10) What is the most powerful predictor of a death sentence in rape cases? 11) For the period from 1942 to 1971, what was the disproportion of death sentences for African American men compared to whites? For Hispanic or Latino men? 12) Who was the only man to be sentenced to death for raping a black victim? 13) Is there evidence of police brutality in confessions of sexual assault? 14) What examples of demonization are found in this chapter? 15) In the 1920s and 1930s, what was the length of time for stays of execution? 16) What evidence was cited as proof of arbitrariness in capital sentencing during the pre-Furman era?...
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