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At the Cross: Race, Religion, and Citizenship in the Politics of the Death Penalty

Melynda J. Price


Curing systemic inequalities in the criminal justice system is the unfinished business of the Civil Rights movement. No part of that system highlights this truth more than the current implementation of the death penalty. The findings of this research demonstrate that the racial inequity in the meting out of death sentences has legal and political externalities that move beyond individual defendants to larger numbers of African Americans. This book looks at the meaning of the death penalty to and for African Americans. Using various sites of analysis, the book shows the connection between crimi ... More

Keywords: Blacks, death penalty, race, religion, public opinion, citizenship, Texas, Southern politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190205539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melynda J. Price, author
University of Kentucky