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Lecture Series: Human Rights and Brazil's Intractable Poor: Flogging, the Death Penalty, and Slavery's Abolition in Comparative

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, CLACS
Location
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Date
Sep 26, 2013   12:30 pm  
Speaker
Peter Beattie, Associate Prof. History, Michigan State University

Why was Brazil was among the first nations in the world to abolish the death penalty while it was one of the last to abolish slavery?  This paper compares Brazil to other nations, with a pointed a comparison with the U.S.  Beattie argues that the different cultural and legal heritages of the U.S. and Brazil, and their very different paths to abolition explain why there are such different attitudes toward the death penalty in both nations.

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