5/13 Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition w/ Fitzhugh Brundage

May 13, 2019

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joins us to discuss his new book Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition.

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W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joins us to discuss his new book Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition. America’s early colonial settlers claimed to be creating a society free from the tyranny of the Old World, including the torture carried out by the Spanish Inquisition. But it quickly became apparent that wasn’t going to happen. From colonial times to the Civil War to the rise of modern policing to the War on Terror, Brundage parses the state’s numerous justifications for a practice that haunts our efforts at democracy to this day.

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