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Executing Democracy: Volume 1: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 16831807 (Rhetoric & Public Affairs)

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Executing Democracy: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1683-1807 is the first volume of a rhetorical history of public debates about crime, violence, and capital punishment in America. This examination begins in 1683, when William Penn first struggled to govern the rowdy indentured servants of Philadelphia, and continues up until 1807, when the Federalists sought to impose law-and-order upon the New Republic.

     This volume offers a lively historical overview of how crime, violence, and capital punishment influenced the settling of the New World, the American Revolution, and the frantic post-war political scrambling to establish norms that would govern the new republic.

     By presenting a macro-historical overview, and by filling the arguments with voices from different political camps and communicative genres, Hartnett provides readers with fresh perspectives for understanding the centrality of public debates about capital punishment to the history of American democracy.

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Hartnett (communication, U. of Colorado-Denver) begins here a two-volume rhetorical history of public debates about crime, violence, and corporeal--especially capital--punishment in America from the late 17th century to the middle of the 19th. He argues that crime, violence, and punishment are central components of how American society has functioned ever since the first European settlers came to the New World. The two volumes are methodologically distinct, he explains, this first offering a macro-historical overview of how the issues influenced the settling of the New World, the American Revolution, and the frantic political scramble to establish the norms that would govern the new republic. He focuses on identity and character, gender and sexuality, class and capitalism, the tug between religion and modernity, race and slavery, and links between democracy and the Enlightenment. The second volume focuses on two case studies regarding the death penalty in New York. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Executing Democracy: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1683-1807 is the first volume of a rhetorical history of public debates about crime, violence, and capital punishment in America. This volume offers a lively historical overview of how crime, violence, and capital punishment influenced the settling of the New World, the American Revolution, and the frantic post-war political scrambling to establish norms that would govern the new republic.

About the Author

Stephen John Hartnett is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado–Denver. He is the author of several books, including Democratic Dissent and the Cultural Fictions of Antebellum America, winner of the National Communication Association’s James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870138690
Author:
Hartnett, Stephen J
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Author:
Hartnett, Stephen J.
Author:
Hartnett, Stephen John
Subject:
United States History 1783-1865.
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Rhetoric and Public Affairs
Series Volume:
Volume One: Capital
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
331
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Prisons and Prisoners
History and Social Science » Crime » Punishment
History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » General

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Executing Democracy: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1683-1807 is the first volume of a rhetorical history of public debates about crime, violence, and capital punishment in America. This volume offers a lively historical overview of how crime, violence, and capital punishment influenced the settling of the New World, the American Revolution, and the frantic post-war political scrambling to establish norms that would govern the new republic.

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