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Running the NumbersRace, Police, and the History of Urban Gambling$
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Matthew Vaz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226690445

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226690582.001.0001

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Politics and the Old Policy Wheel

Politics and the Old Policy Wheel

(p.11) 1 Politics and the Old Policy Wheel
Running the Numbers
Matthew Vaz
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains the early history of the policy game in Chicago and details the long tradition of black entrepreneurship in the gambling business. The chapter characterizes the link between gambling and black politics, and explores the way in which the emergent black political leadership in the city tried to navigate the issue of gambling enforcement and advocate for the many thousands of Southside residents who were swept up in police raids on gambling spots.

Keywords:   policy game, machine politics, William L. Dawson, Martin Kennelly, Chicago Police Department

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