The Death Penalty in New York: Colonial Years 1624-1775

Christine Englebrecht, University at Albany
Myla Valor, University at Albany
Amy VanHouten, University at Albany

This paper examines the history of capital punishment during Dutch and English rule in colonial New York (1624-1775). It explores the law and application of capital punishment within the context of other social institutions, focusing particularly on the death penalty as a form of social control. Early usage of capital punishment in New York is compared to contemporary practices and observations are offered about the relevance of this history to current death penalty issues.

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