• Understand the role of religion and punishment in colonial America
  • Identify the differences between the Puritans and Quakers in terms of penology
  • Understand the concept of collective guilt and how it played a role in punishment determinations
  • Understand the importance of saving souls and how this idea often directed the practice of the death penalty for the early settlers in America
  • Identify the differences in types of death-eligible crimes as the population shifts in America
  • Understand the importance of deterrence as it pertains to public vs. private executions
  • Compare and contrast capital punishment practices from the pre-modern and modern eras
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