Executing Democracy: Capital Punishment and the Making of America, 1683-1807 v. 1 (Hardback)Stephen John Hartnett (author)
Hardback Published: 15/03/2010
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Executing Democracy: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1683-1807 is the first volume of a rhetorical history of public debates about crime, violence, and capital punishment in America. This examination begins in 1683, when William Penn first struggled to govern the rowdy indentured servants of Philadelphia, and continues until 1807, when the Federalists sought to impose law-and-order upon the New Republic. (The forthcoming volume 2 concludes in 1843, at the close of one of the nation's most heated periods of debate regarding executions.) This volume offers a lively historical overview of how crime, violence, and capital punishment influenced the settling of the New World, the American Revolution, and the frantic postwar political scrambling to establish norms that would govern the new republic. By presenting a macro-historical overview, and by filling the arguments with voices from different political camps and communicative genres, Hartnett provides readers with fresh perspectives for understanding the centrality of public debates about capital punishment to the history of American democracy.
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
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