Thoughts on the Death Penalty

Charles C. BURLEIGH (1810 - 1878)

This 1845 publication, written by a prominent reformer of the day, argues against capital punishment from several perspectives, including historical, philosophical and biblical arguments. It is broken into 3 chapters: Expediency, Justice, and Sacred Scriptures (although it has Scripture references peppered throughout). Burleigh frequently references and argues against George B. Cheever, a prominent death penalty advocate of the time.

"If it shall thus be the means of helping on in a humble way the progress of that humane reform whose principles it advocates; and of hastening, however little, the coming of that time, when the penal statutes of a "christian" and "civilized people," shall have ceased to be written in blood, I shall be richly repaid for the time and labor spent upon this task." (Summary by TriciaG and from the preface)

Genre(s): Social Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Larry Wilson
00:02:40
Play 01 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 1 Larry Wilson
00:20:00
Play 02 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 2 Mary in Arkansas
00:26:13
Play 03 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 3 Gillian Hendrie
00:20:46
Play 04 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 4 Gillian Hendrie
00:25:52
Play 05 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 5 Gillian Hendrie
00:23:55
Play 06 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 6 Gillian Hendrie
00:21:35
Play 07 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 7 TriciaG
00:34:30
Play 08 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 8 TriciaG
00:17:22
Play 09 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 9 Gillian Hendrie
00:20:53
Play 10 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 10 Mary in Arkansas
00:38:21
Play 11 Ch 1: Expediency, Part 11 Gillian Hendrie
00:29:20
Play 12 Ch 2: Justice, Part 1 Shasta
00:22:21
Play 13 Ch 2: Justice, Part 2 dunlapkw
00:14:36
Play 14 Ch 3: Sacred Scriptures, Part 1 Gillian Hendrie
00:19:47
Play 15 Ch 3: Sacred Scriptures, Part 2 Gillian Hendrie
00:23:29
Play 16 Ch 3: Sacred Scriptures, Part 3 Gillian Hendrie
00:20:42