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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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Wars and Death Penalty Abolition

Wars and Death Penalty Abolition

The Civil War through World War II

Chapter 5 Wars and Death Penalty Abolition
Imprisoned by the Past

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses U.S. death penalty history from the pre–Civil War years through World War II. Wars affected attitudes toward capital punishment, and famous executions around the Civil War years included the hanging of John Brown and of those who conspired to kill President Abraham Lincoln. Later, the social reforms of the early twentieth century led to death penalty abolition in some states, although some later reinstated the death penalty following World War I. The Depression and World War II years saw the number of executions increase, and famous executions in the early twentieth century included the controversial execution of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927 and the execution of Bruno Hauptmann in 1936.

Keywords:   death penalty history, Civil War, death penalty abolition, Depression, Sacco & Vanzetti, John Brown, executions, World War II, Bruno Hauptmann, Abraham Lincoln

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