Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States, 1966-Present

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The University of Chicago Press

In the mid-1990s, as public trust in big government was near an all-time low, 80% of Americans told Gallup that they supported the death penalty. Why did people who didn’t trust government to regulate the economy or provide daily services nonetheless believe that it should have the power to put its citizens to death?

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