The Death Penalty Documents Decoded

Author: Joseph A. Melusky
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610691954
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When is the death penalty considered "cruel and unusual punishment" or "constitutionally permissible"? This book exposes readers directly to landmark opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court that strive to answer difficult questions regarding capital punishment. • Presents the opinions of the Supreme Court in significant capital punishment or cruel and unusual punishment cases through the carefully excerpted words of the justices themselves • Organizes information chronologically to facilitate students tracing the evolution of capital punishment in the United States • Uses documents and insightful commentary to clarify and explain the arguments for and against capital punishment, providing unbiased information that allows readers to fairly consider both sides of the debate • Recognizes the trends in the Supreme Court's decisions involving the death penalty and cruel and unusual punishment • Ties court opinions to developments in law, technology, and society, such as the advent of DNA evidence • Provides an ideal resource for undergraduate students studying constitutional law, civil rights/liberties, criminal justice, American government, and American history; as well as high school students in relevant advanced placement courses

The Death Penalty

Author: Joseph Anthony Melusky
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781610691949
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Freedom Of Speech Documents Decoded

Author: David L. Hudson Jr.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440842515
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Detailed yet highly readable, this book explores essential and illuminating primary source documents that provide insights into the history, development, and current conceptions of the First Amendment to the Constitution. • Provides readers with accessible explanations of key points in many seminal Supreme Court cases, thereby enabling a better appreciation of specific developments in freedom of speech in the United States • Explains confusing legal terms and phrases in plain English for nonspecialist readers • Offers easy-to-follow explanations from a noted First Amendment scholar and authority who has been explaining and teaching First Amendment topics for two decades

Alexander Hamilton Documents Decoded

Author: Christina G. Villegas
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440857644
Size: 14.69 MB
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An indispensable resource for all readers, this book summarizes the founding of America alongside the personal and public life of one of America's most influential Founders through a comprehensive investigation of Hamilton's extensive writings. • Offers insight into both the public and private life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's most significant historical figures and an American icon • Allows students to better grasp the seminal events of the founding of America through the writings of one of the leading Founders • Encourages thoughtful examination of primary source documents on the early years of the American republic

Church And State Documents Decoded

Author: David K. Ryden
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610699491
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This thoroughly annotated document collection gives students and researchers an authoritative source for understanding the evolving political and legal relationship between church and state from colonial times to the present day. • Presents a balanced, fact-based examination of the myths and facts regarding church-state relations in the United States • Provides students and other readers with a one-stop collection of pertinent documents and court cases, the understanding of which is greatly enhanced by extensive but accessible annotations • Offers an extensive bibliography of books, periodicals, films, media, and websites

The Jacksonian And Antebellum Eras Documents Decoded

Author: John R. Vile
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 144084982X
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Including documents from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government as well as sentiments expressed by opinion leaders of the day, this book provides concisely edited primary sources that cover the Jackson period from March 1829 through the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. • Provides readers with a clearer understanding of why President Andrew Jackson was such a controversial figure • Supplies historical context for explaining the causes and effects of American westward expansionism, especially as they related to slavery • Shows how arguments for women's rights emerged along with those of the rights for African Americans • Impartially presents the arguments both for and against slavery and states' rights that led up to the American Civil War

The Republican Party Documents Decoded

Author: Douglas B. Harris
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610696468
Size: 57.56 MB
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Will the modern Republican Party be able to convince the American people that its policies and positions are the right ones to guide the United States? This book examines the status of the Republican Party in the early 21st century, considers where it came from, and predicts where it's heading. • Presents photographs and other visual elements that complement the story of the Republican Party • Provides scholarly commentary and analysis on more than 60 primary documents that show students how the Republican Party has evolved over the decades, as well as the values, priorities, and political strategies of its current leadership • Includes a bibliography containing books, media, and websites that directs readers to additional sources of information

The Death Penalty

Author: Joseph Anthony Melusky
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440845506
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Does the possibility of being put to death deter crime? Do the methods of execution matter? Is it possible for a state-ordered execution to be botched? Are innocent people ever sent to death row? Are there racial biases or other prejudices associated with the death penalty? This book examines the history of capital punishment in the United States; describes the significant issues, events, and cases; and addresses the controversies and legal issues surrounding capital punishment, making this important topic accessible to a wide range of readers. The book presents both sides of the argument on whether capital punishment should continue or be abolished, looking at the evidence regarding whether it is necessary for carrying out justice and deterring violent crime or whether the practice is inhumane, ineffective, biased in its application, and costly. Readers will gain insights into how capital punishment should be used, if at all; whether effective safeguards are in place to ensure that only the guilty receive the death penalty; what crimes deserve this sentence; whether juveniles or individuals with diminished mental capacity should ever be sentenced to death; potentially viable alternatives to the death penalty; and the hidden costs involved in our capital punishment system that make it so expensive. The book also contains primary documents relevant to capital punishment, such as excerpts from documents like the U.S. Constitution, the Hittite case laws, and the Code of Hammurabi, as well as descriptions of and excerpts from key cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Abolitionist Movement Documents Decoded

Author: Christopher Cameron
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610695135
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Intended for high school and undergraduate students, this work provides an engaging overview of the abolitionist movement that allows readers to consider history more directly through more than 20 primary source documents. • Includes a concise introduction that summarizes the critical points in the history of slavery and abolition • Provides carefully selected key documents that represent the full range of American thoughts on slavery • Supplies useful annotations that guide the reader's analysis and shows how historians deconstruct documents • Presents information and materials that help readers to understand the forces that supported and opposed slavery, thereby giving students a better grasp of American history in general

Capital Punishment

Author: Michael Kronenwetter
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1576074323
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This revised edition of a perennial bestseller, with more than 50 percent new material, is a much-needed overview of a hotly debated topic. * Primary documents including the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the death penalty; "Evangelium Vitae," Pope John Paul's encyclical letter opposing the death penalty; and the South African court opinion abolishing the death penalty * Lists of organizations in the United States and abroad, mostly devoted to the abolition of the death penalty