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Cruel and unusual : the American death penalty and the founders' Eighth Amendment

Author: John D Bessler
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, ©2011.
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This indispensable history of the Eighth Amendment and the founders' views of capital punishment is also a passionate call for the abolition of the death penalty based on the notion of cruel and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bessler, John D.
Cruel and unusual.
Boston : Northeastern University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2011034380
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John D Bessler
ISBN: 9781555537173 1555537170
OCLC Number: 769188982
Awards: Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (History (U.S.)) 2012
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 456 pages)
Contents: In cold blood --
On crimes and punishments --
The abolitionists --
America's founding fathers --
The Eighth Amendment --
Capital punishment in America --
The road to abolition.
Responsibility: John D. Bessler.

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[E]xcellent history. . . . So how does a society that shed many of its old cruelties -- slavery, floggings, lynchings, executions of the criminally insane -- still cling to the ultimate punishment? Read more...

 
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