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This eye-opening and well-researched companion to the first volume of Executing Democracy enters the death-penalty discussion during the debates of 1835 and 1843, when pro-death penalty Calvinist minister George Barrell Cheever faced off against abolitionist magazine editor John O’Sullivan. In contrast to the macro-historical overview presented in volume 1, volume 2 provides micro-historical case studies, using these debates as springboards into the discussion of the death penalty in America at large. Incorporating a wide range of sources, including political poems, newspaper editorials, and warring manifestos, this second volume highlights a variety of perspectives, thus demonstrating the centrality of public debates about crime, violence, and punishment to the history of American democracy. Hartnett’s insightful assessment bears witness to a complex national discussion about the political, metaphysical, and cultural significance of the death penalty.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface: “What Follies and Monstrous Barbarities”
  2. pp. xi-xvii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. Chapter One. The Second Great Awakening and the “Grotesque Sublime” of Antebellum America
  2. pp. 1-62
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  1. Chapter Two. O’Sullivan and Cheever’s Death Penalty Debate, 1835–1842, and “The Highest Interests of Humanity”
  2. pp. 63-128
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  1. Chapter Three. O’Sullivan and Cheever’s Death Penalty Debate of 1843 and “The Great Merciless Machine of Modernity”
  2. pp. 129-209
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  1. Conclusion. Capital Punishment and the Dilemmas of Antebellum Modernity
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. Appendix. The Liberator Attacks the Death Penalty, 1842–1843
  2. pp. 223-227
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-280
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-342
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609173456
Related ISBN
9781611860474
MARC Record
OCLC
793947626
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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