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A courageous fool : Marie Deans and her struggle against the death penalty

Author: Todd C Peppers; Margaret A Anderson
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Vanderbilt University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There have been many heroes and victims in the battle to abolish the death penalty, and Marie Deans fits into both of those categories. A South Carolina native who yearned to be a fiction writer, Marie was thrust by a combination of circumstances, including the murder of her beloved mother-in-law, into a world much stranger than fiction, a world in which minorities and the poor were selected to be sacrificed to
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Named Person: Marie McFadden Deans; Marie McFadden Deans
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Todd C Peppers; Margaret A Anderson
ISBN: 9780826521606 0826521606 9780826521613 0826521614 0826521622 9780826521620
OCLC Number: 958963078
Description: xv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The murder of Penny Deans --
The birth of an abolitionist --
Marie and the men of the South Carolina death row --
Transitions --
The Virginia coalition for jails and prisons --
Marie and Russ --
Inside the vortex of evil --
Standing watch in the death house --
Marie and Joe --
The fight to save Joe Giarratano --
The death of the coalition --
The final years alone.
Responsibility: Todd C. Peppers with Margaret A. Anderson.

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"There have been many heroes and victims in the battle to abolish the death penalty, and Marie Deans fits into both of those categories. A South Carolina native who yearned to be a fiction writer, Marie was thrust by a combination of circumstances, including the murder of her beloved mother-in-law, into a world much stranger than fiction, a world in which minorities and the poor were selected to be sacrificed to what Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun called the "machinery of death." Marie found herself fighting to bring justice to the legal process and to bring humanity not only to prisoners on death row but to the guards and wardens as well. During Marie's time as a death penalty opponent in South Carolina and Virginia, she experienced the highs of helping exonerate the innocent and the lows of standing death watch in the death house with thirty-four condemned men."--

"The story of death penalty opponent Marie Deans"--

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"Some say I've done a thing or two for human rights, but next to Marie Deans I'm a pale little wimp. She and I believed in the same kind of scrappy Jesus. Marie used to say, 'Faith? What good is it Read more...

 
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