Hostage, a person held in captivity to assure that an agreement is observed or to coerce another party into taking (or not taking) some action. Countries in ancient and medieval times sometimes exchanged hostages, often persons of high rank, who could be put to death if certain agreements were broken. Invading armies often take hostages of local citizens to discourage resistance to their occupation. Terrorists sometimes seize hostages both to force concessions from governments and to gain publicity for their cause.
In the park. On the bus. At the mall. At your job. Is there any place you can go and not be watched? After reading this article, you may agree the answer is "no."
Few incidents shaped the U.S. civil rights movement more than the brutal death of Emmett Till. What other murders have sent shock waves through the public psyche?