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Murder in New OrleansThe Creation of Jim Crow Policing$
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Jeffrey S. Adler

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226643311

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226643458.001.0001

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Murder in New Orleans

Jeffrey S. Adler

University of Chicago Press

The Introduction explores the thematic focus of the book and the theoretical underpinnings of its core argument. First, it introduces the general topic of homicide, explaining how a relatively unusual event occurs in distinct patterns that reveal larger social, political, legal and cultural forces. Second, the Introduction explains why I examine the 1920-1945 era, noting the impact of the powerful currents of the period, such as the Great Migration, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the institutionalization of Jim Crow, and World War II. Third, it discusses why I focus on New Orleans, the largest city in the South during an era of rapid change. And fourth, the Introduction identifies some of the theoretical perspectives on the connection between crime and criminal justice that inform my analysis.

Keywords:   criminal justice, New Orleans, homicide, Great Depression, Jim Crow

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