Beyond the Law: The Politics of Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain w/Charles Upchurch 8/1 @6pm

East End Books Ptown Presents: Beyond the Law: The Politics of Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain w/Charles Upchurch 8/1 @6pm

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A major reexamination of the earliest British parliamentary efforts to abolish capital punishment for consensual sex acts between men.

“Convincing and stimulating, Upchurch’s book is grounded in a rich and complex archive and is a triumph of historical detective work. His patient piecing together of quite disparate materials to develop a case strengthens the sense that he is genuinely breaking new ground. ‘Beyond the Law’ is a very important book that will change our understanding of what happened before 1861 when the death penalty for sodomy in England was abolished.” —JEFFREY WEEKS, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at London South Bank University, and author of Between Worlds: A Queer Boy from the Valleys “‘Beyond the Law’ reveals hitherto almost unknown efforts to repeal the death penalty for sodomy in the early nineteenth century in England and provides a new interpretation of the 1885 Labouchere Amendment on that topic. Upchurch offers amazing research, new discoveries, and fascinating stories of the people behind these legislative efforts, as well as rich discussions of the tragic persecutions of many men who had sex with men. His book is a very interesting and compelling read.” —ANNA CLARK, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, and author of Alternative Histories of the Self: A Cultural History of Sexuality and Secrets, 1762– 1917

CHARLES UPCHURCH is an Associate Professor of British History at Florida State University and the author of Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform

Event date: 
Monday, August 1, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
ISBN: 9781439920343
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Temple University Press - October 15th, 2021

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