History PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS: THEMES Defining Documents in American History: Capital Punishment Capital punishment has been the ultimate consequence for criminals in the United States since before the nation was established. The Eighth Amendment in the Bill of Rights prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, and the Fourteenth Amendment in the Reconstruction Amendments requires due process of law before the taking of a life. The original documents in these volumes review both the policies and principles of capital punishment that continue to evolve. Documents discussed in this volume include: A Further Account of the Tryals of the New-England Witches, sent in a Letter from thence, to a Gentleman in London; The Eighth Amendment; The Fourteenth Amendment; and the Supreme Court decisions in Furman v. Georgia that ended the moratorium on capital punishment; Hall v. Florida, which concluded that IQ tests could not be used as a rigid guide in sentencing; and Glossip v. Gross, which ruled that the condemned has the burden of proof when challenging the constitutionality of the execution method. Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes. March 2019 | 2 Volumes, 600 Pages | Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-036-5 | Library Price: $295 Defining Documents in American History: Prison Reform Prisoners have been part of the population in the Americas since the first settlers arrived from Europe. Since then, there have been efforts to reform and improve the prison system in this country. This volume gathers together and analyzes documents that discuss the fierce debates and legislation related to prison reform, the privatization of prisons, the efforts to end practices like solitary confinement, and the improvement of mental health care in prisons. Documents analyzed in these volumes include: Remarks on Prisons and Prison Systems in the United States by Dorothea Dix; the Declaration of Principles by the National Congress of Penitentiary and Reformatory Discipline; Fifty Years of Prison Service: An Autobiography, by Zebulon Reed Brockway; Changing Lenses–A New Focus for Crime and Justice by Howard Zehr, “Privatizing Correctional Institutions: An Organizational Perspective,” by David Shichor and the FIRST STEP Act. Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes. April 2019 | 2 Volumes, 600 Pages | Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-038-9 | Library Price: $295 NEW! Spring 2019 NEW! Spring 2019 Defining Documents in American History: The Gun Debate Beginning with the drafting of the Constitution itself up to the present day, there have been intense arguments made both for and against the rights of citizens to form a “well-regulated militia” as set forth in the Second Amendment. The arguments have become more impassioned in recent years due to the rising number of incidents of school and mass shootings. This volume analyzes documents that have played a significant role in the attempt to balance the long tradition of gun culture in this country with calls for gun control, including: The Second Amendment; St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries; No Treason by Lysander Spooner; U.S. v. Miller; District of Columbia v. Heller and Firearms in America: Personal Liberty versus Collective Responsibility. Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes. February 2019 | 2 Volumes, 600 Pages | Print ISBN: 978-1-64265-034-1 | Library Price: $295 NEW! Spring 2019 NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! FREE Online Access FREE FREE Online Access FREE FREE Online Access FREE (800) 221-1592 www.salempress.com GET ONLINE ACCESS WITH YOUR PRINT BUY! PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS: THEMES HISTORY 59