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New PDF release: A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American

By Michael Bronski

ISBN-10: 0807044652

ISBN-13: 9780807044650

<b>Winner of a 2012 Stonewall ebook Award in nonfiction

</b>A Queer background of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer historical past: it's a ebook that noticeably demanding situations how we comprehend American heritage. Drawing upon primary-source files, literature, and cultural histories, pupil and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender heritage, from 1492 to the 1990s. 

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These recently adopted statutes have attempted to address the concerns expressed by the Court in Furman. Primarily (i) by specifying the factors to be weighed and the procedures to be followed in deciding when to impose a capital sentence, or (ii) by making the death penalty mandatory for specified crimes. But all of the post-Furman statutes make clear that capital punishment itself has not been rejected by the elected representatives of the people. . The Role of the Jury The jury also is a significant and reliable objective index of contemporary values because it is so directly involved.

Thus, an assessment of contemporary values concerning the infliction of a challenged sanction is relevant to the application of the Eighth Amendment. As we develop below more fully, this assessment does not call for a subjective judgment. It requires, rather, that we look to objective indicia that reflect the public attitude toward a given sanction. Amendment Eight and “the Dignity of Man” But our cases also make clear that public perceptions of standards of decency with respect to criminal sanctions are not conclusive.

CHAPTER TWO The Eighth Amendment and the Death Penalty The Death Penalty Is Declared Unconstitutional William J. Brennan Jr. William Henry Furman, a black man, had been convicted in the state of Georgia for burglarizing a home and, in attempting to flee, accidentally shooting and killing a resident. In Furman v. Georgia (1972) Furman appealed his death sentence on the grounds that the jury had received no guidelines or instructions on what constitutes a “heinous” crime (which in Georgia warranted the use of the death penalty).

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