Oklahoma

Capital Punishment In Our State: A (Very) Brief History

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According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma exectuted a total of 176 men and 3 women at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary between 1915 and 2011. Eighty-two were executed by electrocution, one by hanging (a federal prisoner), and 96 by lethal injection.

The last execution by electrocution took place in 1966. The first execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma occurred in 1990.

According to R. Michael Wilson, thirty-one men were hanged and thirty-six men were executed by firing squad in Indian Territory between 1840 and 1899.

On Film: Oklahoma's African-American Communities In The Twenties

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The Solomon Sir Jones film collection is available online from Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The collection consists of 29 silent black and white films that document  African-American communities in Oklahoma from 1924 to 1928.

French Place Names In Oklahoma

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In the Dictionary of French Place Names in The U.S.A., René Coulet Du Gard writes that the first Frenchmen who came to the United States can be divided into three categories: the mainly Canadian-born trappers and wood scouts or "coureurs des bois," the missionaries, and those serving the House of France.

New Website OklahomaGives Aids Nonprofits and Volunteers in Disaster Relief

 

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has launched a new website OklahomaGives.org to help nonprofits and supporters share their stories of support, communicate needs and show that Oklahoma is truly one of the greatest and most generous states in the country.

African-American History Month: Oklahoma's Sundown Towns

James W. Loewen, professor emeritus of sociolology at the University of Vermont, writes in Southern Cultures:

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