Defining Documents in American History: Capital Punishment, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1642650374
  • ISBN-13: 9781642650372
  • DDC: 345.730773
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released July 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Capital Punishment has been the ultimate consequence for criminals in the United States since before the nation was established. The Eighth Amendment in the Bill of Rights prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, and the Fourteenth Amendment in the Reconstruction Amendments requires due process of law before the taking of a life. Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes. Original documents review the policies and principles of capital punishment that continue to evolve. Documents discussed here include: A Further Account of the Tryals of the New-England Witches, send in a Letter from thence, to a Gentleman in London; The Eighth Amendment; The Fourteenth Amendment; and the Supreme Court decisions in Furman v. Georgia; Hall v. Florida; and Glossip v. Gross.<\P>

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Publisher's Note.
Editor's Introduction.
Other Frontmatter.
Constitutional Questions.
1: Great Muscovite Law Code.
2: Eighth Amendment.
3: Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
4: Dissent in Hurtado v. California.
5: Illinois State Code.
6: Furman v. Georgia.
7: Gregg v. Georgia.
8: Woodson v. North Carolina.
9: Coker v. Georgia.
10: Dissent in Callins v. Collins.
11: Ring v. Arizona.
12: ACLU: The Case against the Death Penalty.
13: California Proposition 66.
Mental Capacity and Age.
14: Ford v. Wainwright.
15: Atkins v. Virginia.
16: Roper v. Simmons.
17: “The Death Penalty for Juveniles”.
18: Aileen Wuornos Execution.
19: Hall v. Florida.
20: New Report: Prisoners on Arkansas's Execution List Defined by Mental Illness, Intellectual Disability, and Bad Lawyering.