University Communications

Executing Democracy

Professor and Chair of communication Stephen John Hartnett, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has just published Executing Democracy, Volume 2: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1835–1843, available from Michigan State University Press.

This is an eye-opening and well-researched companion to the first volume of Executing Democracy Executing Democracy: Volume One: Capital Punishment & the Making of America, 1683-1807 (Rhetoric & Public Affairs). 

The second volume enters the death-penalty discussion during the debates of 1835 and 1843, when pro-death penalty Calvinist minister George Barrell Cheever faced off against abolitionist magazine editor John O’Sullivan.

Earlier this year, Hartnett was elected to the Research Board of the National Communication Association.