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Criminalization of Black ChildrenRace, Gender, and Delinquency in Chicago's Juvenile Justice System, 1899-1945$
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Tera Eva Agyepong

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636443

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636443.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Contingent Childhood: Black Children and the Making of Juvenile Justice

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(p.1) Introduction
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Criminalization of Black Children
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Tera Eva Agyepong

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636443.003.0001

This chapter describes the arc of the book’s narrative and includes a brief description of each chapter. The overarching argument—that notions of race, childhood, and rehabilitation intersected with the new apparatus of Cook County Juvenile Justice System, and shaped the evolution of juvenile justice in Illinois—is introduced with a case study about a poor migrant boy. His experience foreshadowed the fate of many African American children in Chicago’s juvenile justice system.

Keywords:   childhood, rehabilitative ideal, black children, criminalization, juvenile justice system

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