Victorians Against the Gallows: Capital Punishment and the Abolitionist Movement in Nineteenth Century Britain

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By the time that Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the list of crimes liable to attract the death penalty had effectively been reduced to murder. Yet, despite this, the gallows remained a source of controversy in Victorian Britain and there was a growing unease in liberal quarters surrounding the question of capital punishment. Unease was expressed in various forms, including efforts at outright abolition. Focusing in part on the activities of the Society for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, James Gregory here ...

Victorians Against the Gallows: Capital Punishment and the Abolitionist Movement in Nineteenth Century Britain 2011, Tauris Academic Studies, London

ISBN-13: 9781848856943

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