In Closing

Baltimore Law: The Magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Fall 2014, p. 32.

2 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2014

See all articles by John D. Bessler

John D. Bessler

University of Baltimore - School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center; University of Baltimore School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This Article, published in the Fall 2014 edition of Baltimore Law, is a short summary of some of the information contained in Prof. John Bessler's new book, The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2014). That book comprehensively traces the influence of the Italian Enlightenment on the American Revolution. In particular, this Article briefly describes the influence of the Italian, anti-death penalty thinker, Cesare Beccaria, on America's founders. Beccaria's book, On Crimes and Punishments, was widely read in America's founding era. The Article also discusses how American executions are "cruel and unusual punishments."

Keywords: Cesare Beccaria, Founding Fathers, capital punishment, torture, death penalty, John Adams, executions, legal history, murder, life-without-parole, Deep South

JEL Classification: K14, K19, K39, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Bessler, John D., In Closing (2014). Baltimore Law: The Magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Fall 2014, p. 32.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2511395

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University of Baltimore School of Law ( email )

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Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
4108374690 (Phone)
4108374450 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://law.ubalt.edu/

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