Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive history of the death penalty in the United States. Stuart Banner tells the story of how, over four centuries, dramatic changes have taken place in the ways capital punishment has been administered and experienced. Banner moves beyond the debates to give us an unprecedented understanding of the many meanings of capital punishment in America.
Stuart Banner is Norman Abrams Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.
* Abbreviations * Introduction *1. Terror, Blood, and Repentance *2. Hanging Day *3. Degrees of Death *4. The Origins of Opposition *5. Northern Reform, Southern Retention *6. Into the Jail Yard *7. Technological Cures *8. Decline *9. To the Supreme Court *10. Resurrection * Epilogue * Appendix: Counting Executions * Notes * Acknowledgments * Index