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The death penalty : an American history

Author: Stuart Banner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
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A comprehensive account of the death penalty in the United States. Stuart Banner tells the story of dramatic changes, over four centuries, in the ways capital punishment has been administered and experienced. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, death was the standard penalty for a laundry list of crimes--from adultery to murder, from arson to horse- theft. Hangings were public events, staged before enormous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Banner, Stuart, 1963-
Death penalty.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001047047
(OCoLC)47658928
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Banner
ISBN: 9780674020511 0674020510 0674010833 9780674010833
OCLC Number: 655108570
Description: 1 online resource (385 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Terror, blood, and repentance --
2. Hanging day --
3. Degrees of death --
4. The origins of opposition --
5. Northern reform, southern retention --
6. Into the jail yard --
7. Technological cures --
8. Decline --
9. To the Supreme Court --
10. Resurrection.
Responsibility: Stuart Banner.

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