• Provides narrative chapters on major issues concerning the capital punishment debate from its beginnings to the present day, concentrating primarily on the late-19th century through contemporary times
• Examines methods of execution, as well as arguments for and against the death penalty for reader consideration
• Looks ahead at issues and prospects for capital punishment in the 21st century
• Is written for high school and college students, as well as general readers interested in the historical evolution and contemporary application of the death penalty
• 15 black-and-white photos
• Excerpts from legal documents, court decisions, and statistical and survey data
"Capital Punishment provides an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to begin research on the death penalty. . . . The book is well written and the information concise. . . . Highly recommended."-
The debate about capital punishment is passionate and enduring. Context and circumstances matter. Who was the victim? What was done to him or her? Who was the perpetrator? Were there extenuating circumstances? Is he or she a sympathetic figure? What about contemporary mores and "evolving standards of decency"? What is right?