Imprisoned by the past : Warren McCleskey and the American death penalty

Kirchmeier, Jeffrey L
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  • Creator Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York : Oxford University Press, [2015] ©2015
  • Physical Details
    • xiii, 431 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780199967933, 0199967938
  • OCLC ocn881560462


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [371]-398) and index.


  • A death in Dixie -- The trial of Warren McCleskey -- Offie Evans and McCleskey v. Zant -- The first limits : the early American death penalty through the 1850s -- Wars and death penalty abolition : the Civil War through World War II-- A time of change : American society and the death penalty in the 1950s through the 1960s -- Into the courthouse : the 1970s abolition strategy -- A new era : a new U.S. death penalty returns in the late 1970s -- Starting over : executions resume in the 1970s and 1980s -- Lynching and race in America -- Race and the courts -- Warren McCleskey and the Baldus study -- The Supreme Court and McCleskey v. Kemp -- Mitigation and reform -- Warren McCleskey and the electric chair -- Other American execution methods -- The unstoppable death penalty after McCleskey into the early 1990s -- New abolitionist voices in the 1990s -- Innocence and the American death penalty -- A moratorium movement emerges in the 1990s -- The early twenty-first century death penalty in the courts -- The early twenty-first century death penalty in U.S. politics -- Escaping from imprisonment of the past -- Epilogue : Warren McCleskey's case and the American death penalty today
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