The Death Penalty

Author: Joseph Anthony Melusky
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781610691949
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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

Freedom Of Speech Documents Decoded

Author: David L. Hudson Jr.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440842515
Size: 67.61 MB
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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: 60.76 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
Size: 30.98 MB
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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
Size: 47.86 MB
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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 Civil War And Reconstruction Eras Documents Decoded

Author: John R. Vile
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440854297
Size: 41.22 MB
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The carefully selected and edited readings in this book are chronologically arranged so that students can trace the progression of events and understand the thoughts of those living during the critical Civil War and Reconstruction periods. • Provides readers with annotated primary sources that illuminate the causes of the American Civil War, the attempts to resolve these various points of contention, and the aftermath of that costly conflict • Spotlights documents such as Lincoln's first inaugural address, Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic, the Homestead Act, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and the Reconstruction Acts, among others • Demonstrates that issues involving race, the scope of national powers, and relations between state and national governments have long been fundamental to American politics • Enables modern readers to comprehend how many current issues have their origins in much earlier periods of U.S. history

The Early Republic Documents Decoded

Author: John R. Vile
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440843457
Size: 65.71 MB
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From distinguished author John R. Vile comes a new history of the American early republic period, presented through primary documents that are illuminated and explained in context. • Highlights and explains a wide range of key documents that range from Washington's Inaugural Address to John C. Calhoun's 1828 protest against the "Tariff of Abominations" • Provides an engaging overview of the Early Republic of the United States that identifies the critical points in this historic period • Presents core curriculum material for students in a way that allows them to see how scholars interact with primary sources and critically evaluate them

Presidential Power Documents Decoded

Author: Brian M. Harward Ph.D.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610698304
Size: 54.85 MB
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This volume uses essential and illuminating primary documents as a portal for understanding the evolution and present parameters of presidential power, the relationship between America's three branches of government, and why wartime often leads presidents to claim expansive powers and authority. • Covers topics such as Operation Pastorius, the Watergate scandal, the Iran-Contra affair, and drone strikes to show how each presented tests of presidential power • Utilizes events and developments throughout U.S. history—from the nation's founding to the contemporary era—to demonstrate how these singular, focusing events are often reflections of broader political, economic, and social forces

Founding Documents Of America Documents Decoded

Author: John R. Vile
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440839298
Size: 19.13 MB
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Written by a renowned expert on the American Founding period, this book examines selections of key documents from 1215 through 1791 that were instrumental to the development of the U.S. Constitution and the American political tradition. • Supplies comprehensive explanations of the key documents that influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution • Provides expert commentary on—and clarification of—complex and difficult-to-comprehend passages • Serves to demonstrate how national documents often drew from experiences at the state level • Offers authoritative information that supports any study of America's founding era and the individuals who set the course of the young nation