The Resource The condemnation of blackness : race, crime, and the making of modern urban America, Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The condemnation of blackness : race, crime, and the making of modern urban America, Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Label
The condemnation of blackness : race, crime, and the making of modern urban America
Title
The condemnation of blackness
Title remainder
race, crime, and the making of modern urban America
Statement of responsibility
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Title variation
Race, crime, and the making of modern urban America
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Idea of Black Criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America. Khalil Gibran Muhammad chronicles how, when, and why modern notions of black people as an exceptionally dangerous race of criminals first emerged. Well known are the lynch mobs and racist criminal justice practices in the South that stoked white fears of black crime and shaped the contours of the New South. In this illuminating book, Muhammad shifts our attention to the urban North as a crucial but overlooked site for the production and dissemination of those ideas and practices. Following the 1890 census - the first to measure the generation of African Americans born after slavery - crime statistics, new migration and immigration trends, and symbolic references to America as the promised land were woven into a cautionary tale about the exceptional threat black people posed to modern urban society. Excessive arrest rates and overrepresentation in northern prisons were seen by many whites - liberals and conservatives, northerners and southerners - as indisputable proof of blacks' inferiority. What else but pathology could explain black failure in the land of opportunity? Social scientists and reformers used crime statistics to mask and excuse anti-black racism, violence, and discrimination across the nation, especially in the urban North. The Condemnation of Blackness is the most thorough historical account of the enduring link between blackness and criminality in the making of modern urban America. It is a startling examination of why the echoes of America's Jim Crow past continue to resonate in 'color-blind' crime rhetoric today"--Jacket
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
364.2/56
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6197.U6
LC item number
M85 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The condemnation of blackness : race, crime, and the making of modern urban America, Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Publication
Note
Originally published as hbk.: ©2010
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The mismeasure of crime -- Saving the nation: the racial data revolution and the negro problem -- Writing crime into race: racial criminalization and the dawn of Jim Crow -- Incriminating culture: the limits of racial liberalism in the progressive era -- Preventing crime: white and black reformers in Philadelphia -- Fighting crime: politics and prejudice in the city of brotherly love -- Policing racism: Jim Crow justice in the urban north -- The conundrum of criminality
Control code
ocn809539202
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 380 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674054325
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36092824
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)809539202
  • pebcs0674054326

Library Locations

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