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The Antithesis of Reform

Theodore Hamm

in Rebel and a Cause

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224278
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224278.003.0002
The Antithesis of Reform

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Movements against the death penalty have occurred regularly throughout the course of American history. At the beginning of the American Revolution, public officials began to criticize capital punishment, viewing it as antithetical to the new nation's republic deals. The shifting approaches to punishment during the three reform oriented eras reflected historic changes in popular explanations of criminal behavior. In relation to this matter, the public debate over Chessman's execution illustrated the specific influences shaping popular opposition to the death penalty in the postwar period.

Keywords: American Revolution; Chessman; popular opposition; capital punishment; postwar period

Chapter.  10475 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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