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Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South

Amy Louise Wood and Natalie J. Ring


This collection of nine original essays explores the development of a modern criminal justice system in the Jim Crow South, from the 1890s through the 1950s. It covers key transformations surrounding the practices of policing, incarceration, and capital punishment, as municipal police departments became professionalized and as authority over criminal punishment shifted from local jurisdictions to the state. The collection’s essays address the history of segregated police forces, black-on-black crime, police brutality, organized crime and government corruption, restrictions on ex-felons’ rights ... More

Keywords: Jim Crow, The South, southern distinctiveness, criminal justice, policing, incarceration, capital punishment, state power, African Americans, white supremacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042409
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Louise Wood, editor
Illinois State University

Natalie J. Ring, editor
University of Texas at Dallas