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Peculiar Institution
by David Garland
Harvard University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-674-05848-4 | Cloth: 978-0-674-05723-4 | Paper: 978-0-674-06610-6
Library of Congress Classification HV8699.U5.G36 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.660973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Why does the United States, alone among Western democracies, still have the death penalty? It's not a new question, but David Garland provides fresh answers from a multilayered analysis...The title hints at the most provocative part of Garland's answer. In American history, the "peculiar institution" is slavery. Anyone who thinks its vestiges were wiped out by the Emancipation Proclamation or civil rights laws should read this book and think again.

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