Capital Punishment in the United States: A Documentary History

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Copyright Acknowledgments
The editors and publisher gratefully acknowledge permission to reprint material from the following sources:
DOCUMENT 28 : "Gas Kills Convict Almost Instantly". Associated Press, February 8, 1924. Reprinted by permission.
DOCUMENT 30 : Eugene Lyons, The Life and Death of Sacco and Vanzetti ( New York: International Publishers, 1927 [ New York: Da Capo Press, 1970]): 169-171. Reprinted by permission of International Publishers.
DOCUMENT 31 : Lewis E. Lawes, Life and Death in Sing Sing ( Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran, 1928), 155-157. Reprinted by permission.
DOCUMENTS 33, 38, 40, 49, 61, 75, 84, 94, 107 : George Gallup, The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion 1935-71, Vol. One, 45, 85; Vol. Two, 1117, 1187-1188, 1518; Vol. Three, 2016. Random House , 1972. Gallup Opinion Index 1976, 24; Gallup Opinion Index 1985, 4-5; The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion 1988, 250-251; The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion 1991, 128, 129-130; The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion 1994, 148, 149. Copyright © 1937, 1938, 1953, 1957, 1966, 1976, 1985, 1988, 1991, and 1994 by Scholarly Resources Inc. Reprinted by permission of Scholarly Resources Inc.
DOCUMENTS 39, 43, 55, 56, 68 : "Eisenhower Is Denounced to 5,000 in Union Sq. Rally", June 20, 1953 (excerpt); "Six Justices Agree: President Says Couple Increased 'Chances of Atomic War,'" by Luther A. Huston, June 20, 1953 (excerpt); "Caryl Chessman Executed; Denies His Guilt to the End", by Lawrence E. Davies, May 3, 1960 (excerpt); "States on Move: Half of Legislatures Considering Bills on Capital Offenses", by Jerry M. Flint, March 11, 1973 (excerpt); and "Death Penalty Opponents Embittered by Execution", May 26, 1979; "President Asks Law to Restore Death Penalty: Gives Drug Plan", by Warren Weaver Jr., March 11, 1973 (excerpt). Copyright © 1953, 1960, 1973, 1979 by The New York Times Company. Reprinted by permission.
DOCUMENT 42 : Excerpts from The Death Penalty, by Thorsten Sellin. Copyright © 1959 by The American Law Institute. Reprinted with permission.
DOCUMENT 46 : Gerald H. Gottlieb, "Testing the Death Penalty", Southern California Law Review 34 ( 1961): 268-281. Reprinted with the permission of the Southern California Law Review.
DOCUMENT 48 : "ACLU's New Stand on the Death Penalty". Civil Liberties 227 ( June 1965). From the Records of the American Civil Liberties Union, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Reprinted courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union.
DOCUMENT 51 : "Documents for Proceeding in Federal Habeas Corpus in a Capital Case in Which Execution Is Imminent". New York: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 1971. Excerpts reprinted by permission of Anthony G. Amsterdam.
DOCUMENT 57 : Marvin E. Wolfgang and Marc Riedel, "Race, Judicial Discretion, and the Death Penalty". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 407 ( May 1973): 129-130. Reprinted with permission.
DOCUMENT 58 : Excerpts from Capital Punishment: The Inevitability of Caprice and Mistake, Second Edition, Augmented by Charles L. Black Jr. Copyright © 1981, 1974 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Copyright © 1977, 1978 by Charles L. Black, Jr. Reprinted by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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Capital Punishment in the United States: A Documentary History
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents xi
  • Series Foreword xix
  • Preface xxi
  • Introduction xxv
  • Note xxxv
  • Significant Dates in the History of Capital Punishment xxxvii
  • Part I - Early Views on Capital Punishment: Colonial Era to Independence 1
  • Note 12
  • Part II - The Abolition Movement Gains Ground, 1800-1917 31
  • Note 37
  • Note 52
  • Note 66
  • Part III - War and Economic Depression Overshadow Capital Punishment, 1918-1959 75
  • Note 90
  • Note 102
  • Part IV - Capital Punishment in the Courts, 1960-1976 109
  • Note 128
  • Note 141
  • Note 152
  • Note 157
  • Note 162
  • Part V - The Debate Begins Anew, 1977-1989 169
  • Note 178
  • Note 181
  • Note 186
  • Note 190
  • Note 192
  • Note 208
  • Note 231
  • Part VI - The Death Penalty in the 1990s: Contemporary Issues 247
  • Note 287
  • Note 289
  • Glossary 301
  • Appendix A - Federal and State Capital Offenses in the United States 303
  • Appendix B - U.S. Executions: Colonial Times to 1995 309
  • Appendix C - Selected U.S. Supreme Court Cases 311
  • Appendix D - Capital Punishment Interest Groups and Related Organizations 313
  • Select Bibliography 315
  • Index 327
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