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The death penalty : an American history, Stuart Banner

Label
The death penalty : an American history
Title
The death penalty
Title remainder
an American history
Statement of responsibility
Stuart Banner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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 audiences, attended by women and men, young and old, black and white. Early on, the gruesome spectacle was an explicitly religious event--replete with sermons, confessions, and last-minute penitence--to promote the salvation of both the condemned person and the spectators. Through the nineteenth century, in response to changing mores, execution became increasingly secular and private. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as execution has become a quiet, sanitary, technological procedure, the death penalty is as divisive as ever. Re-creating what it was like to be the condemned prisoner, the executioner, and the eyewitness, Banner moves beyond the debates to give us an understanding of America's ultimate punishment
  • "The death penalty arouses our passion as do few other issues. While some believe execution is just and reasonable punishment, others view it as an inhumane and barbaric act. The intensity of feeling that capital punishment provokes obscures its long and varied history in this country." "Here, for the first time, we have a comprehensive history 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 stealing horses. Hangings were public events, staged before enormous audiences, attended by women and men, young and old, black and white. Early on, the gruesome spectacle was an explicitly religious event - replete with sermons, confessions, and last-minute penitence - to promote the salvation of both the condemned person and the spectators. Through the nineteenth century, in response to changing mores, execution became increasingly secular and private. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as execution has become a quiet, sanitary, technological procedure, the death penalty is as divisive as ever." "Re-creating what it was like to be the condemned prisoner, the executioner, and the eyewitness, Banner moves beyond the debates to give us an unprecedented understanding of America's ultimate punishment. With nearly four thousand inmates now on death row, and almost one hundred being executed each year, this book provides a much-needed perspective on an age-old issue that continues to haunt us today."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
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Banner, Stuart
Dewey number
364.66/0973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8699.U5
LC item number
B367 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Capital punishment
  • Capital punishment
  • United States
Label
The death penalty : an American history, Stuart Banner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Northern reform, southern retention
  • 6.
  • Into the jail yard
  • 7.
  • Technological cures
  • 8.
  • Decline
  • 9.
  • To the Supreme Court
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Resurrection
  • Terror, blood, and repentance
  • 2.
  • Hanging day
  • 3.
  • Degrees of death
  • 4.
  • The origins of opposition
Control code
47658928
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
385 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674007512
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001047047
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The death penalty : an American history, Stuart Banner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Northern reform, southern retention
  • 6.
  • Into the jail yard
  • 7.
  • Technological cures
  • 8.
  • Decline
  • 9.
  • To the Supreme Court
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Resurrection
  • Terror, blood, and repentance
  • 2.
  • Hanging day
  • 3.
  • Degrees of death
  • 4.
  • The origins of opposition
Control code
47658928
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
385 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674007512
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001047047
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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