Contentious issues such as the death penalty, civil liberties, and reproductive rights touch on peoples deeply held beliefs. Greenhaven Presss Issues on Trial series captures the passion and depth of those debates, examining how the courts have helped to shape each issue through their rulings. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and includes primary sources like the text of court rulings and dissenting opinions, as well as secondary sources such as analyses and views of the rulings. Offering both historical and contemporary material, each Issues on Trial volume offers a wealth of information on issues currently conforming society. Book jacket.