Against Capital Punishment: The Anti-Death Penalty Movement in America, 1972-1994

Paperback | July 15, 1999

byHerbert H. Haines

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Built on in-depth interviews with movement leaders and the records of key abolitionist organizations, this work traces the struggle against capital punishment in the United States since 1972. Haines reviews the legal battles that led to the short-lived suspension of the death penalty andexamines the subsequent conservative turn in the courts that has forced death penalty opponents to rely less on litigation strategies and more on political action. Employing social movement theory, he diagnoses the causes of the anti-death penalty movement's inability to mobilize widespreadopposition to executions, and he makes pointed recommendations for improving its effectiveness. For this edition Haines has included a new Afterword in which he summarizes developments in the movement since 1994.

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Built on in-depth interviews with movement leaders and the records of key abolitionist organizations, this work traces the struggle against capital punishment in the United States since 1972. Haines reviews the legal battles that led to the short-lived suspension of the death penalty andexamines the subsequent conservative turn in the...

Herbert H. Haines is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Cortland. He is the author of Black Radicals and the Civil Rights Mainstream, 1954-1970 (1988), which was selected as an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Death Penalty Abolitionism in America1. The Fall and Rise of Capital Punishment: 1965-19722. The Return of the Executioner: 1976-19823. The Reemergence of Political Abolitionism4. Framing Disputes in the Movement Against Capital Punishment5. Abolitionism at the Crossroads6. Reframing Capital Punishment: Pragmatic AbolitionismAfterwordNotesReferencesIndex

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"...[an] interesting, clearly written, and well-researched book that historians will find useful."--Journal of American History