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Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York

Douglas J. Flowe


Early twentieth-century African American men in northern urban centers like New York faced economic isolation, segregation, a biased criminal justice system, and overt racial attacks by police and citizens. In this book, Douglas J. Flowe interrogates the meaning of crime and violence in the lives of these men, whose lawful conduct itself was often surveilled and criminalized, by focusing on what their actions and behaviors represented to them. He narrates the stories of men who sought profits in underground markets, protected themselves when law enforcement failed to do so, and exerted control ... More

Keywords: African American men, New York City, criminal justice, crime, manhood, Jim Crow, Underground markets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655734
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas J. Flowe, author
Washington University in St. Louis