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The Death Penalty in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Introduction

Vivien Miller

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The death penalty continues to generate numerous studies by sociologists, criminologists, historians, journalists, and lawyers, and remains a subject of popular fascination. Many studies of the United States, for example, endeavour to explain why most individual states and the federal government retain capital punishment, when nearly all other industrialised and post-industrial nations have abolished it completely. Indeed, in the decades after the end of World War II, the United States seemed to be traveling a similar road to abolition as European nations, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 1965, legal scholar and criminologist, Norval Morris, reported to the United Nations on the status of capital punishment among world nations, at which time there were twenty-five abolitionist countries. Morris reported also that capital punishment had been abolished in nine individual US states. Nevertheless, executions were still permissible in forty-one US states, the District of Columbia, a...

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Vivien Miller, « Introduction », Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies [En ligne], Vol. 21, n°1 | 2017, mis en ligne le 01 janvier 2019, consulté le 23 mai 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chs/1710 ; DOI : 10.4000/chs.1710

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Vivien Miller

University of Nottingham

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