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The Condemnation of Blackness

Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, With a New Preface

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$19.95 • £17.95 • €18.95

ISBN 9780674238145

Publication Date: 07/22/2019


416 pages

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

7 photos, 5 illus.


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  • List of Illustrations*
  • Preface, 2019
  • Introduction: The Mismeasure of Crime
  • 1. Saving the Nation: The Racial Data Revolution and the Negro Problem
  • 2. Writing Crime into Race: Racial Criminalization and the Dawn of Jim Crow
  • 3. Incriminating Culture: The Limits of Racial Liberalism in the Progressive Era
  • 4. Preventing Crime: White and Black Reformers in Philadelphia
  • 5. Fighting Crime: Politics and Prejudice in the City of Brotherly Love
  • 6. Policing Racism: Jim Crow Justice in the Urban North
  • Conclusion: The Conundrum of Criminality
  • Manuscript Sources
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • “A Downtown ‘Morgue,’” c. 1890
    • “How Criminals Are Made,” c. 1907
    • “American Logic,” c. 1913
    • Youth of the Friends Neighborhood Guild, c. 1901
    • “The Washington Party,” c. 1901
    • Staged Charity Photo of Black Children as Pickaninnies, c. 1905
    • Handbill of the Joint Organization of the AEIO and LCPR, c. 1909
    • Pledge Card of the Association for Equalizing Industrial Opportunities, c. 1909
    • Adella Bond Defends Herself in Philadelphia Race Riot, c. 1918
    • Stoned to Death by a White Mob during the Chicago Race Riot, c. 1919
    • Police Search African Americans for Weapons during the Chicago Race Riot, c. 1919
    • “Puzzle: Find the ‘Keepers of the Peace,’” c. 1928
    • “Be First to Let Him Out,” c. 1929

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