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The Rise of the Chicago Police Department: Class and Conflict, 1850-1894

Sam Mitrani


This book examines the making of the Chicago Police Department at a time when the city was roiling with political and economic conflict, much of it rooted in class tensions, and its lawmakers and business elite fostered the growth of a professional municipal police force to protect capitalism, its assets, and their own positions in society. Together with city policymakers, the business elite united behind an ideology of order that would simultaneously justify the police force's existence and dictate its functions. Tracing the Chicago Police Department's growth through events such as the 1855 L ... More

Keywords: democracy, Chicago Police Department, business elite, Lager Beer Riot, Chicago, class tensions, economic conflict, political conflict, police force, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038068
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Mitrani, author
College of DuPage