ARGUEMENT OF BENJAMIN F. PORTER, IN SUPPORT OF A BILL, INTRODUCED BY HIM IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF ALABAMA, TO ABROGATE THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH

Tuscaloosa, AL: John M'Cormick, printer, 1846. First edition. 8vo. 20 pp. " During the middle of the 19th century the humanitarian spirit impelled many to seek the abolition of capital punishment. Michigan was the first to wipe out the death penalty in 1847" (Dictionary of American History). Porter's bill was defeated and Alabama has maintained its system of capital punishment from its first constitution in 1819, save for a brief period, 1972-1976, when there was a moratorium on all capital punishment in the United States. OCLC locates six copies (New York Historical Society, Alabama, Alabama Law, Huntington, Emory, Harvard Law). Disbound pamphlet. Foxed. (2434). Item #55923

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