Oklahoma

New Oklahoma Laws

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November 1 is often the day the Oklahoma Legislature designates as first day in effect for new Oklahoma laws. On Friday, 241 laws that came out of our last legislative session will go into effect.

Here are some highlights of the 241 newly effective laws. For more, see Monday's article from the Tulsa World.

Biographical Directory Of The United States Congress: A Ready Reference Of Oklahoma's Former (And Present) Members Of The United States Congress

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The Biographical Directory Of The United States Congress is a quick online reference that can be searched by state, name, position, party, or year/congressional session. 

The biographies are brief but generally include an image, birth and death date and place, education, committee membership, and bibliography. 

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.

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