Texas is perhaps one of the most iconic states of America, with its large size (Second only to Alaska), large and progressive cities such as Dallas and Austin, and its nickname as the “Lone Star State.” What you may not know, is that Texas is also the Capital state of legal executions. Not only are they one of the biggest execution states in the USA, they are also infamous for executing innocent convicts. The point that the cartoonist is trying to make with their political cartoon is that Texas has executed an uncomfortably large number of innocents in the name of justice. The cartoon itself is an image of a family of three, traveling down the road toward Texas. As they reach the state line, they are greeted by a sign that read “Welcome to Texas, Execution Capital of America!!” with a lower caption reading “Please don’t ask if any might have been innocent.” To illustrate that point, the “T” in Texas has been replaced by a restraining table used to contain prisoners awaiting lethal injections. The cartoon uses symbolism to catch a reader’s attention with the replacement of the “T” in Texas, as well as uses exaggeration by asking the reader to not ask about how guilt the victims were. Lastly, the cartoonist used a series of captions to inform a …show more content…
Of these two, the first can be seen in the caption “Execution Capital of America,” which is used to imply that not only is Texas executing a large number of prisoners, but they are executing the most in the entire country. And to build off of that statement, “Please don’t ask if any might have been innocent” is used to inform the reader that not every individual that is killed by the state government committed a crime. Through the use of these captions, the cartoonist creates a buildup, followed by a punchline, as this is death however, no-one is
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This is an example of pathos; Koenig is appealing to the audience’s emotions, always trying to display Syed’s character so the audience feels that he is a good person and isn’t capable of murder. Although expressing whether the character of a person is good or bad is generally more of an opinionated standpoint, the state’s case does use the suggestion that Syed is a ‘bad person’ to prove their
Roberts and Olson try and relate what each group is feeling, thinking, and what drove them to the extremes that were executed. It is hard to tell an author bias because so many different versions of an event were made available to the reader for consideration. It seems, however, there is an overall “tilt” toward Texas and its defenders, though the portrait of Sam Houston was, at times, harsh.
On November 21, 1973, Troy Leon Gregg and his companion robbed and murdered Fred Edward Simmons and Bob Durwood Moore, two innocent people who were giving them rides. Gregg was convicted for his actions and was given the death penalty. He argued that the sentence was violating his eighth amendment which is “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (U.S. Const. amend. VIII.)
As can be seen in documents A-H, from 1880 to 1925, immigration went from being the staple of the American culture to the common enemy of “native” Americans. In 1880 and before, immigrants were welcome to the United States with open arms, which is shown in document A with all of the foreigners flooding into the wide open gate of America. The purpose of document A was to advertise the acceptance of immigrants into the United States and all of the great things they would find when they arrived here. Document B displays that even until 1888, immigrants were viewed by the established Americans as a “double advantage”: helpful to the economy when needed and conveniently out of the way when unnecessary.
A Texas lynching is the illicit executing of a man under the guise of administration to equity, race, or custom. In spite of the fact that it frequently alludes to hanging, the word turned into a bland term for any type of execution without due procedure of law. It is difficult to gauge the recurrence of lynchings before the 1880's, it appears that they happened just sporadically before 1865, and were probably going to be the aftereffect of "wilderness equity" apportioned in zones where formal lawful frameworks did not exist. Vigilantes impelled generally lynchings.
There were many political cartoons created due to McCarthyism. In one political cartoon the committee on un-american activities is driving a car directly through a busy city causing people to dive left and right to get out of the way. The caption of this drawing is “It’s okay --- we’re hunting communists” (Document A). This political cartoon is accurate life during the Red Scare became chaotic.
Scottsboro Argumentative Essay: Rough Draft Crimes happen everyday. Many criminals are incarcerated for their actions. Everyone has a different opinion on certain topics, everyone is entitled to their opinion as long as they know the true facts behind it. During the Scottsboro cases in the 1930’s, there were more people who thought of the accused to be guilty than innocent because of the unjust racism that had become a popular concept. Olen Montgomery was not guilty of raping 2 women.
“We continue to see evidence of an alarming decline in the quality of our nation's criminals.” This was stated in the article “Not Exactly Razor Sharp” by Dave Barry. In the article “Not Exactly Razor Sharp” the author creates humor for effect and uses it to communicate a universal truth. I will be expanding on that topic and the effects of the article. I will be explaining the level of comedy, and the elements of humor the author uses to send a message.
In In Cold Blood, the issue over the death penalty is prominent. Did Perry and Dick deserve to die? Should the severity of one’s crime determine one’s fate? Although Truman Capote writes the novel in a straightforward, “from a distance” way, he conveys, through his characters, theme, and plot development, that the death penalty is an issue that should be looked at from all sides and that the legal system itself is the real issue at hand, and that the death penalty is used as a means to suppress the distress and indignation of the citizens surrounding the case, instead of suppressing the victim himself.
The prisoners had seen and experienced so much brutality, endured repeated beatings, and humiliated beyond imagination, so one more death did not affect them. Their emotions hardened to the point of being non-existent… or so they thought. Although the prisoners seemed hardened and unaffected by death, a different hanging did deeply affect them.
During the 1860’s, there was tremendous tension between immigrants and Americans in the United States. To portray this “tension”, a political cartoon that was drawn by an unknown cartoonist to depict that America’s culture was in danger. This political cartoon is called “The Great Fear of the Period That Uncle Sam May be Swallowed by Foreigners: The Problem Solved” and was published in San Francisco, California by White & Bauer. The central goal for publishing this cartoon was to bring fear among the Americans, and therefore blame the immigrants.
Although the death penalty in Texas costs about three times more than life in prison without parole, it is reserved as the punishment of robbing another of their rights to life, freedom, and safety (Deathpenaltyinfo). It is a valid question to wonder why we should spare the life of one, opting to provide for all of their basics needs when they without question robbed another of their rights to life, freedom, and safety through murder or another cruel action. The case of Andre Thomas raised questions of whether or not the mentally incompetent should be eligible for the death penalty. Thomas murdered two children and the wife he was separated from, maintaining that the act was dictated by God. Statements by Thomas conveyed that he knew that what he had done was wrong after he had after committing the crime.
I’ll be damned if I’m the only killer in the courtroom” (Capote, In Cold Blood 289). Perry believes the citizens of Kansas to be very cold and hints at the fact that they too are taking lives, the lives of the clutter killers for retribution of the crime. Capote includes this within his text and his title to hint at the immorality of the death penalty. It is very rare for people to have a professional homicidal mind meaning they have no feelings for human life. On death row, most men are emotional criminals that belong in a hospital rather than in a prison.
The 8th amendment clearly states that no one should be given a cruel and unjust punishment from the federal government. Because the killer could not think straight, this case is argued over whether or not the death penalty is too extreme for a man who can’t even control his
Rhetorical Analysis of “A Hanging” In his personal narrative, “A Hanging”, George Orwell, a renowned British author, who often used his talents to criticize injustice and totalitarianism, describes an execution he witnessed in Burma while serving as an officer in the British Imperial Police. Originally published in The Adelphi, a British magazine, in 1931, the piece was written for educated, politically aware people in England, in hopes of provoking questions regarding the morality of capital punishment, and perhaps imperialist society overall, in those benefitting from such a system. Although he died nearly seventy years ago, his works are still influential and relevant today. Using vivid descriptions and a somber tone, Orwell recreates his experience in a tense narration that clearly shows his thesis concerning the value of human life and the wrongness inherent to a system that dismisses it so casually.