Book Review: The Death Penalty: An American History

By Eric L. Goldstein

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), October 2002

The author provides a history of the death penalty in America from colonial times to present. He illustrates how its popularity as a practice waned as doubts about criminal culpability increased. He concludes that what is clear from recent discussions of the death penalty is the degree to which Americans are lacking solutions to the fundamental challenges presented by crime, racism, and human nature itself.

Topic: History, Capital Punishment, Racism, Law, Crime, Death Penalty

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.33/no.594

Page Number(s): 12-13

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldstein, Eric L. Book Review: The Death Penalty: An American History. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). October 2002: 12-13.


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