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Executing Democracy: v. 1: Capital Punishment and the Making of America, 1683-1807 by Stephen John Hartnett
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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 until 1807, when the Federalists sought to impose law-and-order upon the New Republic. (The forthcoming volume 2 concludes in 1843, at the close of one of the nation's most heated periods of debate regarding executions.) 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 postwar 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.

Author Biography

Stephen John Hartnett is Associate 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, which won the National Communication Association's James A. Winans - Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.
Release date Australia
March 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
illustrations, notes, references, index
Michigan State University Press
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