Rites of Execution Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865

ISBN-10: 0195066634

ISBN-13: 9780195066630

Edition: 1991 (Reprint)

Authors: Louis P. Masur

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Louis Masur's handsomely written account describes how, in the 1830s, public hangings were abandoned in favour of executions in the seclusion of prison yards. Masur sees attitudes toward state killing from the Revolution to the Civil War as reflecting the nation's social thinking.
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List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/30/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Louis P.Masur, a professor of history at the City University of New York and the editor of Reviews in American History, is the author of Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865. He lives in New Jersey.

Introduction
Ritual and Reform in Antebellum America
The Design of Public Executions in the Early American Republic
The Opposition to Capital Punishment in Post-Revolutionary America
The Dream of Reformation and the Limits of Reform
The Origins of Private Executions in America
Anti-Gallows Activists and the Commitment to Moral Reform
The Conflict over Capital Punishment in Antebellum America
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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