A Feature Review of
Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism in the United States
Katy Ryan, ed.
Paperback: U of Iowa Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Caitlin Michelle Desjardins.
All Western Democracies, and most countries in the world, have abandoned the Death Penalty for even the most egregious of crimes. The United States, however, persists with the practice. The only countries today where children can be sentenced to death are Saudi Arabia, the Congo, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria and the United States. And in the United States, the death penalty is deeply rooted in our history of slavery, racial oppression and violence. The rate for imprisonment of black men in America is determined to be five times the rate for imprisonment of black men in South Africa, during apartheid.