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History of Capital Punishment

A database providing an extensive overview of the history of capital punishment, including Eugene Wanger’s prestigious work on the subject.







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About the History of Capital Punishment Database

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 more than 150 trials, 300 books, and nearly 20 subject-specific 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.

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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. It 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 author’s request. It 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:

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

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. Furthermore, 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 the first English-speaking government to abolish the death penalty for murder and lesser crimes.

Database Tools and Features

Search the Bibliography

Use the search tool provided to locate text, authors, item numbers, keywords, and more within Wanger's bibliography.

Full-Text Linking

Easily identify links that indicate when the full text for an entry is available. Select the link to view HeinOnline's fully searchable image-based PDF of the document.​

Other Related Publications

Browse through other death penalty-related publications including trials, hearings, books, and periodicals, as well as relevant scholarly articles.

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Winner of the Abolitionist of the Century Award

In October of 2019, Eugene G. Wanger was awarded the “Abolitionist of the Century Award” from Journey of Hope.

Journey of Hope is an international organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty in the United States. The organization spotlights murder victims’ family members who choose not to seek revenge, and instead select the path of love and compassion for all of humanity.

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