Your annotated bibliography must include an entry for each of your 5 required sources. For each source, you must give the correctly formatted bibliographic citation (using MLA format) and write 1-2 full paragraphs detailing the following information about your source:
what this source says (your synopsis of it)
how you will use it in your essay (why you chose this source and how it relates specifically to your argument)
Your annotated bibliography should be formatted according to the example below:
Dead Man Walking. Dir. Tim Robbins, Perf. Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, 1996. Netflix, ROKU, 15 July 2020.
The award-winning film Dead Man Walking is based on the real-life story of Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic nun and social justice activist who visits a death row inmate with the hopes of converting him to Christianity and “saving” him before he is executed. Sister Prejean does not attempt to have the man’s sentence commuted; she is interested only in his spiritual well-being. The prisoner starts out resistant to the nun’s counseling; he’s even hostile toward her. By the end of the film, though (and by the end of the man’s actual life in the real life account), he comes to find redemption and goes to his execution with peace in his heart. This is contrasted, though, by those in the gallery who watch his execution with glee.
Though this film is not ostensibly about the criminal justice system, Sister Prejean’s encounters with the inmates on death row inevitably exposes the inhumane treatment the prisoners receive. The guards talk about the prisoners as if they are animals and cannot believe that Sister Prejean would want to spend time with them. They do not recognize the prisoners’ humanity the way she does. This film is integral to my project because it follows a true story of redemption and shows hoe even those rightly convicted can retain their humanity. Sister Prejean is a model of mercy; her approach is exactly the approach that Stevenson would recommend. Through this story, we can see why and how mercy can work to rehabilitate a convict.
Stevenson, Bryan. “We Need to Talk about an Injustice.” TED2012, February 2012. Address., Accessed 17 July 2020.
In this TED talk, Bryan Stevenson talks about how our identity is shaped by certain values. He begins the address by talking about his grandmother and the promises he made to her when he was a child. Though this anecdote at first does not seem relevant to his work in social justice, he uses it to show the importance of understanding our own ideas about who we are and using those beliefs to do good work. Stevenson also makes a fascinating analogy in this lecture between the use of the death penalty in states of the “Old South” in America and the lack of the death penalty in Germany. He talks about how our willingness to execute people despite our history of enslavement shows something important about American character.
This TED talk will work nicely in my essay because I intend to focus on how our use of the death penalty shows what and who America really values. Referring back to Stevenson’s book and his focus on cases where people are treated unfairly due to racial prejudice—as Walter is—I will make a definition argument that is in line with what Stevenson says in his TED talk regarding the “real” America and its actual values.
Thaag, Matthew. “Texas Man’s Death Sentence Thrown Out Over Racist Testimony.”, The New York Times, 4 October 2017, Accessed 15 July 2020.
In this article, Matthew Haag reports on a recent development in the case of Duane E. Buck, a man convicted of killing… FILL THIS OUT WITH 1-2 PARAGRAPHS GIVING SUMMARY AND APPLICATION.
Zeisel, Hans. “Race Bias in the Administration of the Death Penalty: The Florida Experience.” Harvard Law Review, Vol. 95, Issue 2, December 1981, pp. 456-468. Academic Search Premier,
Hans Zeisel, almost four decades ago, conducted research to expose the great disparity based on race in American use of the death penalty. In this article, Zeisel notes that in the 1970s, the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty because courts “failed to provide sufficient safeguards against the arbitrary infliction of capital punishment” (456). Furthermore, other court cases… FILL THIS OUT WITH 1-2 PARAGRAPHS GIVING SUMMARY AND APPLICATION.
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