From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State

9780814740217: Hardback
Release Date: 1st May 2006

9780814740224: Paperback
Release Date: 1st May 2006

9780814769799: PDF
Release Date: 1st May 2006

Dimensions: 153 x 229

Number of Pages: 320

Series The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice

NYU Press

From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State

Race and the Death Penalty in America

Hardback / £73.00
Paperback / £21.99
PDF / £25.00

Since 1976, over forty percent of prisoners executed in American jails have been African American or Hispanic. This trend shows little evidence of diminishing, and follows a larger pattern of the violent criminalization of African American populations that has marked the country's history of punishment.
In a bold attempt to tackle the looming question of how and why the connection between race and the death penalty has been so strong throughout American history, Ogletree and Sarat headline an interdisciplinary cast of experts in reflecting on this disturbing issue. Insightful original essays approach the topic from legal, historical, cultural, and social science perspectives to show the ways that the death penalty is racialized, the places in the death penalty process where race makes a difference, and the ways that meanings of race in the United States are constructed in and through our practices of capital punishment.
From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State not only uncovers the ways that race influences capital punishment, but also attempts to situate the linkage between race and the death penalty in the history of this country, in particular the history of lynching. In its probing examination of how and why the connection between race and the death penalty has been so strong throughout American history, this book forces us to consider how the death penalty gives meaning to race as well as why the racialization of the death penalty is uniquely American.

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Previous collaborations for NYU Press with Charles J. Ogletree include From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America (2006), When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarraiges of Justice (2009), and The Road to Abolition? The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States (2010).

Charles J.
Ogletree, Jr. is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Executive Director of
the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute
for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. He is the author of All
Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of
Education (WW Norton and Company, 2004) and Co-Author of From Lynch Mobs
to the Killing State: Race and the Death Penalty in America.