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Charleston In Black and WhiteRace and Power in the South after the Civil Rights Movement$
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Steve Estes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622323

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622323.001.0001

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Race against Crime

Race against Crime

(p.61) Chapter Three Race against Crime
Charleston In Black and White

Steve Estes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the dilemmas faced by southern lawmen in communities like Charleston, in order to understand better the ways the civil rights movement succeeded and failed in altering power relations in the South. It focuses in particular on the story of Reuben Greenberg, the first black and first Jewish police chief in Charleston's history. As the Charleston police chief for nearly a quarter of a century, Greenberg came to embody both the promise and the problems of policing the South in the post-civil rights era. Greenberg's professionalism and racial identity shielded him from the kinds of allegations that had historically plagued southern lawmen, but he worked in a political environment in which coded rhetoric linked “law and order” with control and containment of minority communities.

Keywords:   southern lawmen, power relations, American South, Reuben Greenberg, Charleston police, policing the South, post-civil rights era, minority communities

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