Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty

931 Words Jul 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Capital punishment, commonly known as the death penalty, is one of the most controversial subjects that divides the nation. When, why, and how did this barbaric practice begin? Understanding the history of capital punishment, the methods used, and the con’s of this immoral act will prove this form of punishment should be forever abolished!

First, in order to understand how morally wrong capital punishment is, we must understand the history of this practice. According to, “the first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon.” During that unforgiving time, almost every crime was punished by execution. To be more specific, the site goes on to say there were 25 crimes that were rewarded with the loss of life. The methods used varied and were exceedingly brutal. Some of the go to methods were: stoning, beating the culprit to death, impalement, burning to death, drowning, beheading, hanging, and the most well-known method, crucifixion. Thankfully, over time, the methods and morale of the human race both evolved.

This now leads us to wonder how capital punishment make its’ way to the United States. According to, “Britain influenced America’s use of the death penalty more than any other country.” When the colonies were first being established, the British execution practices were brought over, with the settlers. The first person to be executed was…
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