Executing Democracy

Executing Democracy

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This eye-opening and well-researched companion to the first volume of Executing Democracy enters the death-penalty discussion during the debates of 1835 and 1843, when pro-death penalty Calvinist minister George Barrell Cheever faced off against abolitionist magazine editor John Oa€™Sullivan. In contrast to the macro-historical overview presented in volume 1, volume 2 provides micro-historical case studies, using these debates as springboards into the discussion of the death penalty in America at large. Incorporating a wide range of sources, including political poems, newspaper editorials, and warring manifestos, this second volume highlights a variety of perspectives, thus demonstrating the centrality of public debates about crime, violence, and punishment to the history of American democracy. Hartnetta€™s insightful assessment bears witness to a complex national discussion about the political, metaphysical, and cultural significance of the death penalty.The essay is therefore at odds with itself, for while its second half is based on smart rhetorical criticism of Cheevera#39;s ... If this conclusion is correct, then it stands as a powerful example of how political persuasion does not hinge so much on theanbsp;...

Title:Executing Democracy
Author:Stephen John Hartnett
Publisher:MSU Press - 2012-11-01


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