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Men of MobtownPolicing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation$
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Adam Malka

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636290

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636290.001.0001

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(p.247) Epilogue
Men of Mobtown

Adam Malka

University of North Carolina Press

The epilogue argues that the black carceral state was not simply a recreated slave state. Rather, as shown throughout the book, the black carceral state arose in liberal freedom’s name. Had the old order simply survived in modified form, then all that would have remained to do was expunge its remnants. But slavery in Baltimore did perish during the 1860s, and the legal system that lawmakers put in its place guaranteed the wage-earning and house-holding rights of all men, white or black alike. It is thus vitally important for modern Americans to understand not only why mass black policing and incarceration occurred after this happened but also how such policing and incarceration constituted one of emancipation’s most original creations. For that truth still holds today. The lesson from the historical Baltimore example is this: the fight against white supremacy cannot and will never end with a color-blind legal code alone.

Keywords:   Black carceral state, Slavery, Emancipation, Liberal freedom, Rights, Men, Policing, Incarceration, White supremacy, Color-blind

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