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For about five years now, I have been going up and down the land,
in print sometimes but mostly not in print, trying to persuade my
fellow citizens that the penalty of death ought to be abolished. For
most of that time, I have mainly stressed a single thesis. In this talk
I want, first, to try to place that thesis, a little more definitely than
I have done before, in relation to other lines of thought about the
death penalty, and then to say a very little about certain other
reflections of mine on the theme, without quite as definite a relation
to what has become, one might say, my principal specialty as a part
of the opposition to this practice.

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