Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition

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Harvard University Press, Oct 1, 2010 - History - 427 pages
Why does the United States, alone among Western democracies, still have the death penalty? It's not a new question, but David Garland provides fresh answers from a multilayered analysis...The title hints at the most provocative part of Garland's answer. In American history, the "peculiar institution" is slavery. Anyone who thinks its vestiges were wiped out by the Emancipation Proclamation or civil rights laws should read this book and think again.

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Contents

The Exemplary Execution
1
A Peculiar Institution
9
The American Way of Death
39
Copyright

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David Garland is Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University.

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