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The first civil right : how liberals built prison America, Naomi Murakawa

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The first civil right : how liberals built prison America
Title
The first civil right
Title remainder
how liberals built prison America
Statement of responsibility
Naomi Murakawa
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The explosive rise in the U.S. incarceration rate in the second half of the twentieth century, and the racial transformation of the prison population from mostly white at mid-century to sixty-five percent black and Latino in the present day, is a trend that cannot easily be ignored. Many believe that this shift began with the "tough on crime" policies advocated by Republicans and southern Democrats beginning in the late 1960s, which sought longer prison sentences, more frequent use of the death penalty, and the explicit or implicit targeting of politically marginalized people. In The First Civil Right, Naomi Murakawa inverts the conventional wisdom by arguing that the expansion of the federal carceral state-a system that disproportionately imprisons blacks and Latinos-was, in fact, rooted in the civil-rights liberalism of the 1940s and early 1960s, not in the period after. Murakawa traces the development of the modern American prison system through several presidencies, both Republican and Democrat. Responding to calls to end the lawlessness and violence against blacks at the state and local levels, the Truman administration expanded the scope of what was previously a weak federal system. Later administrations from Johnson to Clinton expanded the federal presence even more. Ironically, these steps laid the groundwork for the creation of the vast penal archipelago that now exists in the United States. What began as a liberal initiative to curb the mob violence and police brutality that had deprived racial minorities of their first civil right - physical safety - eventually evolved into the federal correctional system that now deprives them, in unjustly large numbers, of another important right: freedom. The First Civil Right is a groundbreaking analysis of root of the conflicts that lie at the intersection of race and the legal system in America."--Publisher's description
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BTCTA
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Murakawa, Naomi
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford studies in postwar American political development
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  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Imprisonment
  • Punishment
  • Race discrimination
  • African American prisoners
  • United States
  • African American prisoners
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Imprisonment
  • Punishment
  • Race discrimination
  • Race relations
  • United States
Label
The first civil right : how liberals built prison America, Naomi Murakawa
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 260 pages
Isbn
9780199892785
Lccn
2014453404
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)866619825
Label
The first civil right : how liberals built prison America, Naomi Murakawa
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 260 pages
Isbn
9780199892785
Lccn
2014453404
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)866619825

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