The History of Capital Punishment in the United States

The idea of killing as a form of retribution for one’s crimes dates back centuries, but was imported to America by British settlers during the Colonial Era. It officially began early in the seventeenth century, when crimes like stealing vegetables, trading with Indians or rejecting the idea of one God were considered capital crimes. Hanging was the preferred method of execution; however, more horrific means like burning, beating and breaking on a wheel were occasionally used. As a result, movements against capital punishment began early and continue to challenge its use. Join WatchMojo.com as we explore the history of Capital Punishment in the United States.
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