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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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“It’s Only Another Negro Fight and Not Important”

“It’s Only Another Negro Fight and Not Important”

(p.6) Chapter 1 “It’s Only Another Negro Fight and Not Important”
(p.iii) Murder in New Orleans

Jeffrey S. Adler

University of Chicago Press

Chapter One analyzes the explosion of violence in New Orleans during the early 1920s and explains how changes in the local racial composition, in combination with shifts in the social ecology of the city and a languid criminal justice, encouraged street justice, triggering a spike in homicide. Though a period of considerable prosperity, early 1920s New Orleans, with overcrowding, high levels of mortality from disease, imbalanced sex ratios, and indifferent policing, experienced a perfect storm of conditions for a surge in violent crime. The city’s homicide rate soared, making New Orleans one of the most murderous urban centers in the nation. And yet local prosecutors rarely convicted anyone, regardless of race, class, or aggravating circumstances. Policemen and prosecutors especially ignored African American crime, insisting that such violence was unimportant because it seldom affected white New Orleanians.

Keywords:   policing, homicide, African American crime, criminal justice, street justice

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