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Disturbing the Peace

Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery

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$52.00 • £45.95 • €47.95

ISBN 9780674035089

Publication Date: 10/30/2009


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 halftones


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Bryan Wagner’s Disturbing the Peace is a great book. I am enriched and fundamentally challenged by its erudition, its attention to detail and the force of its extremely powerful arguments. It is my sense that anyone working in black studies has to contend with this work—but not only that. Anyone who contends with this work will find their own work richer for having done so.—Fred Moten, Duke University

An audacious and pathbreaking history of legal terror… If the police power criminalized blacks in the New South, the invention of the vernacular tradition sugared over this onslaught of violence. Wagner exposes the fantasy of folklore. After Disturbing the Peace, it will be impossible to hear Leadbelly or read Uncle Remus without knowing what it means to market emphatic inequality as universal culture.—Colin Dayan, author of The Story of Cruel and Unusual

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