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America's Death Penalty: Between Past and Present

David Garland, Randall McGowen, and Michael Meranze


Over the past three decades, the United States has embraced the death penalty with tenacious enthusiasm. While most of those countries whose legal systems and cultures are normally compared to the United States have abolished capital punishment, the United States continues to employ this ultimate tool of punishment. The death penalty has achieved an unparalleled prominence in America's public life and left an indelible imprint on politics and culture. It has also provoked intense scholarly debate, much of it devoted to explaining the roots of American exceptionalism. This book takes a differen ... More

Keywords: death penalty, capital punishment, United States, American exceptionalism, Europe, politics, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814732663
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Garland, editor

Randall McGowen, editor

Michael Meranze, editor

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