The rise of the Chicago Police Department : class and conflict, 1850-1894 /

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Author / Creator:Mitrani, Sam, author.
Imprint:Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2013.
Description:1 online resource (254 pages) : illustrations.
Series:Working class in American history
Working class in American history.
Subject:Chicago (Ill.). -- Police Department -- History.
Chicago (Ill.). -- Police Department.
Law enforcement -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Police -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- Urban.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Law Enforcement.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
Law enforcement.
Illinois -- Chicago.
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Electronic books.
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:"The police simply did not exist in early American life. Between 1840s and the end of 1880s, every major northern city built a substantial police force. Sam Mitrani examines the making of the police in Chicago, which rapidly grew into the most violent, turbulent city in America by the late 1800s. From the Lager Beer riot of 1855, through the Civil War, 1867's strikes for the eight-hour day, the 1871 fire, 1877 strike and riot, the May Day strikes and the May Day strikes and the Haymarket bombing, Chicago was roiling with political and economic conflict, much of it rooted in class tensions. Chicago's lawmakers overcame many obstacles to build a force that could impose order. Forming an adequately paid, professional department turned out rather expensive. The police's advocates responded by forging a concept of order into a central political ideology. This concept reinforced the police's legitimacy among the urban populace, defining the role of policemen in municipal affairs. First the police protected property and suppressed disturbances on the street. They also arrested thousands for drunk and disorderly behavior throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, and attempted to control the behavior of women in brothels. By the 1880s, this ideology of order shaped both the police's behavior and a large portion of municipal politics. Mitrani recasts late-nineteenth-century Chicago in terms of the struggle over order, emphasizing the role of public institutions in the development of capitalism. Businessmen shaped these state institutions to protect their economic interests, yet Chicago's police could not control daily life in the working class' neighborhoods. Thus, ordinary Chicagoans managed to limit the force of the municipal police"--
"In this book, Sam Mitrani cogently examines the making of the police department in Chicago, which by the late 1800s had grown into the most violent, turbulent city in America. Chicago was roiling with political and economic conflict, much of it rooted in class tensions, and the city's lawmakers and business elite fostered the growth of a professional municipal police force to protect capitalism, its assets, and their own positions in society. Together with city policymakers, the business elite united behind an ideology of order that would simultaneously justify the police force's existence and dictate its functions. Tracing the Chicago police department's growth through events such as the 1855 Lager Beer riot, the Civil War, the May Day strikes, the 1877 railroad workers strike and riot, and the Haymarket violence in 1886, Mitrani demonstrates that this ideology of order both succeeded and failed in its aims. Recasting late nineteenth-century Chicago in terms of the struggle over order, this insightful history uncovers the modern police department's role in reconciling democracy with industrial capitalism."--
Other form:Print version: Mitrani, Sam. Rise of the Chicago police department : class and conflict, 1850-1894. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2013] 254 pages Working class in American history 9780252038068