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Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power

Simon Balto


In July 1919, an explosive race riot forever changed Chicago. For years, black southerners had been leaving the South as part of the Great Migration. Their arrival in Chicago drew the ire and scorn of many local whites, including members of the city’s political leadership and police department, who generally sympathized with white Chicagoans and viewed black migrants as a problem population. During Chicago’s Red Summer riot, patterns of extraordinary brutality, negligence, and discriminatory policing emerged to shocking effect. Those patterns shifted in subsequent decades, but the overall real ... More

Keywords: Policing, mass incarceration, civil rights, Black Power, Chicago, Police brutality, Carceral state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649597
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Balto, author
University of Iowa