Taproom History – Torture and Execution in Europe and the Americas
Patrick Jung, PhD at MSOE will take us through an academic history of torture and execution in Europe and early America.
In the early seventeenth-century, both Europeans and American Indians practiced public torture and execution, but for different reasons. Europeans did so to demonstrate the power of the king, or sovereign. American Indians did so to enhance the bonds between community members. Europeans abandoned both and adopted the prison. Indians retained execution but switched to corpse desecration.
Neither of these new forms was better than public torture and execution; neither was inferior either.