RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 768310424 LA English UL http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=1118988 T1 Invitation to an execution : a history of the death penalty in the United States A1 Bakken, Gordon Morris., PB University of New Mexico Press PP Albuquerque, N.M. YR 2010 SN 0826348580 9780826348586 AB "Until the early twentieth century, printed invitations to executions issued by lawmen were a vital part of the ritual of death concluding a criminal proceeding in the United States. In this study, the author invites readers to an understanding of the death penalty in America with a collection of essays that trace the history and politics of this highly charged moral, legal, and cultural issue. Bakken has solicited essays from historians, political scientists, and lawyers to ensure a broad treatment of the evolution of American cultural attitudes about crime and capital punishment. Part one of this extensive analysis focuses on politics, legal history, multicultural issues, and the international aspects of the death penalty. Part two offers a regional analysis with essays that put death penalty issues into a geographic and cultural context. Part three focuses on specific states with emphasis on the need to understand capital punishment in terms of state law development, particularly because states determine on whom the death penalty will be imposed. Part four examines the various means of death, from hanging to lethal injection, in state law case studies. And finally, part five focuses on the portrayal of capital punishment in popular culture"--Publisher.