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Men of Mobtown – Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Men of Mobtown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation

Adam Malka


What if racialized mass incarceration is not a perversion of our criminal justice system’s liberal ideals, but rather a natural conclusion? Adam Malka raises this disturbing possibility through a gripping look at the origins of modern policing in the influential hub of Baltimore during and after slavery’s final decades. He argues that America’s new professional police forces and prisons were developed to expand, not curb, the reach of white vigilantes, and are best understood as a uniformed wing of the gangs that controlled free black people by branding them—and treating them—as criminals. The ... More

Keywords: Race, Mass incarceration, Criminal justice system, Policing, Baltimore, Slavery, White vigilantes, Free black, Liberalism, Black criminality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469636290
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Malka, author
University at Buffalo, SUNY

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