History of Capital Punishment

History of Capital Punishment

Includes the Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn Wanger Death Penalty Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography

This fully-searchable, easy-to-use resource is packed with information on capital punishment and includes both a PDF and a database version of the Wanger bibliographic index, with access to nearly 650 full text out-of-copyright works indexed in Wanger’s collection. Other death penalty-related publications include nearly 150 trials, 300 books, and periodicals, as well as relevant scholarly articles, an additional bibliography, and external links to further the researcher’s exploration of this topic.

Mr. Wanger’s work, combined with the additional content included in History of Capital Punishment in HeinOnline, provides an extensive and well-organized platform for research on capital punishment and related issues.

“…Except for peace and war, no question of public policy is more important than whether or not, or under what circumstances, government should be authorized by its citizens to kill people.”
Eugene G. Wanger
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the history of death penalty legislation
  • Includes a database version of Eugene G. Wanger’s prestigious Death Penalty Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography
  • Wanger’s bibliography includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, photographs, and other memorabilia related to the history of the death penalty
  • Database includes more than 7,000 bibliographic entries with links to nearly 650 full text documents only available in HeinOnline!
  • Collection contains nearly 1,000 titles and 300,000 pages
  • 75% of content in this collection is not available in core subscriptions!
  • Also includes related trials, congressional hearings, periodicals, scholarly articles, and more!



About the Eugene G. Wanger & Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography

The Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection contains a wide variety of materials that document the history and debate about capital punishment as well as discuss the criminal justice system surrounding it. The collection includes books, artifacts and ephemera, pamphlets, audio and video, prints, posters, buttons, reports, testimony, correspondence, files by subject, advocacy materials, and clippings. Mr. Wanger, a noted expert on this topic, created or collected the materials himself.

This extraordinary and unique scholarly resource was compiled over a period of more than 50 years, and was digitized exclusively by HeinOnline at the authors’ request. The bibliography concentrates on the death penalty’s nature, history, operation, effects, psychology, desirability, and compatibility with religious and moral precepts. The material is organized into five parts:

The material is organized into five parts:

•Part I: Books, Pamphlets, and Important Ephemera
•Part II: Files
•Part III: Electronic Media
•Part IV: Graphics Inventory
•Part V: Artifacts Inventory

Also included are finding lists, comprehensive search lists (including references to 97 names and subjects pertaining to capital punishment), and a general index.

This incredible collection also includes Wanger’s testimony at numerous hearings opposing bills attempting to reinstate the death penalty, as well as brochures and short articles. The bound and boxed volumes provide a comprehensive overview of the history of death penalty legislation in Michigan. Through legislation in 1846, the state became first English-speaking government to abolish the death penalty for murder and lesser crimes.

About the Database

Additional Online Resource Content

In addition to the database based on Wanger’s Death Penalty Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography, the online resource contains:

•An A-Z list of all available full-text titles
Periodicals on the topic of the death penalty
Trials and congressional hearings related to capital punishment
•Additional bibliographic references
Scholarly articles about this topic
•Links to relevant external resources


Contribute to the Project

In an effort to make this database as comprehensive as possible, new material will be added regularly. If your organization has materials not yet found in this resource that you are willing to lend, please contact marketing@wshein.com or (800) 828-7571 for more information. 


The Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection:
A Descriptive Bibliography (Print)

Item #: 1000408
ISBN: 9780837740591

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