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HIST 4464 The Death Penalty in American History (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

The death penalty is intertwined with the whole of American history. This course is about the many changes in capital punishment over the years -- changes in the arguments pro and con, in execution methods and rituals, in the laws, in the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment, and in the public's perception of the need for, and efficacy of, the death penalty. We will explore this history and hopefully arrive at a better understanding of the paradoxes of the death penalty and why it exists.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Alan Rogers

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17