Julie Turley

Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Global Honors

First Advisor

Rob Crawford


The author examines the cultural and social factors that have impacted the United States’s and European Union’s opposing stances on capital punishment. Particular focus is paid to the United States’s history of race relations and views on economic inequality and to the influence of World War II on the EU’s human rights and welfare policies. The paper concludes with a discussion on how the US may enact its own path to abolition.