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Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South$
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Amy Louise Wood and Natalie J. Ring

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042409

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042409.001.0001

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The Trials of George Doyle

The Trials of George Doyle

Race and Policing in Jim Crow New Orleans

(p.17) Chapter 1 The Trials of George Doyle
Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South

K. Stephen Prince

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the racial exclusion of African Americans from the New Orleans police force, which had been integrated until the 1910s. It draws attention to the experience of George Doyle, a black off-duty police officer who shot a white man in 1905. Doyle’s story demonstrates the problems black police officers posed for white New Orleanians as they instituted a Jim Crow regime. It also shows how elemental all-white police departments were to that regime; when white New Orleans denied African Americans the ability to police their own communities, they stripped from them a fundamental right.

Keywords:   Jim Crow, African Americans, racial exclusion, police, New Orleans, George Doyle

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