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Capital Punishment -- History -- United States

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is capital punishment in the United States.


Six Superlative Sources

· Bedau, Hugo Adam, ed. The Death Penalty in America. Aldine, 1964; Oxford University Press, 1982, 1997.

· Espy, M. Watt, and John Ortiz Smykla. Executions in the United States, 1608-1987: The Espy File. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, 1987.

· Masur, Louis P. Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865. Oxford University Press, 1989, 1991.

· Paternoster, Raymond. Capital Punishment in America. Lexington Books, 1991.

· Tushnet, Mark. The Death Penalty: Constitutional Issues. Facts on File, 1994.

· Vila, Bryan, and Cynthia Morris, eds. Capital Punishment in the United States: A Documentary History. Greenwood Press, 1997.

Other Excellent Sources

· Baldus, David, George Woodworth, and Charles A. Pulaski, Jr. Equal Justice and the Death Penalty: A Legal and Empirical Analysis. Northeastern University Press, 1990.

· Bohm, Robert. Deathquest: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Capital Punishment in the United States. Anderson Publishing, 1999.

· Bowers, William J., with Glenn L. Pierce and John F. McDevitt. Legal Homicide: Death as Punishment in America, 1864-1982. Northeastern University Press, 1984.

· Epstein, Lee, and Joseph F. Kobylka. The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty. University of North Carolina Press, 1992.

· Latzer, Barry. Death Penalty Cases: Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment. Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997.

· Marquart, James W., Sheldon Ekland-Olson, and Jonathan R. Sorensen. The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990. University of Texas Press, 1998.

· Meltsner, Michael. Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment. Random House, 1973.

· Mitchell, Hayley R. The Complete History of the Death Penalty. Greenhaven Press, 2001.

· O'Shea, Kathleen A. Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998. Praeger Publishing, 1999.

· van den Haag, Ernest, and John P. Conrad. The Death Penalty: A Debate. Plenum Press, 1983.

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