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Capital Punishment on Trial: Furman V. Georgia and the Death Penalty in Modern America

(Landmark Law Cases and American Society)

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In his first book since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Polio: An American Story, renowned historian David Oshinsky takes a new and closer look at the Supreme Court's controversial and much-debated stances on capital punishment-in the landmark case of Furman v. Georgia.

Career criminal William Furman shot and killed a homeowner during a 1967 burglary in Savannah, Georgia. Becaus
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 14th 2010 by University Press of Kansas (first published 2010)
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Another excellent summary of the history of a particular issue and how the US Supreme Court has confronted it. As I mentioned elsewhere, it's interesting how the debate hasn't really changed since the mid-nineteenth century. A death sentence is still applied disproportionally to minorities and lower economic classes. There has been some evolution of what cases are eligible and in terms of protecting juveniles and those of low mental capacity. If you're interested in the topic, this makes a good ...more
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David M. Oshinsky is the director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine and a professor in the Department of History at New York University.

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