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The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice

Geoff K. Ward


During the Progressive Era, a rehabilitative agenda took hold of American juvenile justice, materializing as a citizen-and-state-building project and mirroring the unequal racial politics of American democracy itself. Alongside this liberal “manufactory of citizens” a parallel structure was enacted: a Jim Crow juvenile justice system that endured across the nation for most of the twentieth century. This book examines the origins and organization of this separate and unequal juvenile justice system. The book explores how generations of “black child-savers” mobilized to challenge the threat to b ... More

Keywords: American juvenile justice, American democracy, Jim Crow, black youth, black community, civil rights, rehabilitation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226873169
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226873190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoff K. Ward, author