From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice)

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ISBN-13: 978-0814740224
ISBN-10: 0814740227
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“Ogeltree and Sarat combine the most severe criminal punishment with the bugaboo of racial class and prejudice in their book From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State. The professors astutely note that the death penalty is often used as a club to keep poor and desperate minorities in line in the larger white society.”
-Black Issues Book Review



“Professors Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat gather an impressive lineup between racial politics in America and the killing of African-Americans.”
-Harvard Law Review



“The authors give the nation an unflinching view of the shameful influence of racism in death penalty cases. This is a must read for anyone who cares about fairness in application of the death penalty and respect for the rule of law in our modern society.”
-Senator Edward M. Kennedy



“Expertly dissects the racist underpinnings of capital punishment while pushing some intellectual boundaries.”
-International Socialist Review



“An elegant compendium of essays written by sociologists, historians, criminologists, and lawyers. The essays starkly reveal how this country’s death penalty has its roots in lynchings, and how it operates to sustain a racist agenda.”
-The Federal Lawyer

About the Author

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. is Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Previous collaborations for NYU Press with Austin Sarat include From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (2006), When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarraiges of Justice (2009), and The Road to Abolition? The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States (2010).



Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Previous collaborations for NYU Press with Charles J. Ogletree include From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (2006), When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarraiges of Justice (2009), and The Road to Abolition? The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States (2010).

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Product Details

  • Series: The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814740227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814740224
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Eight powerful essays and voices assembled to explain the "how" and the "why" of race, the death penalty, and its aberrant intertwined history in the development of the U.S. Engaging throughout; relevant without a doubt. It is a must buy for those who are serious about understanding our criminal justice system.
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