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The birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions.
The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities.
Louis police were founded to protect residents from Native Americans in that frontier city, and many southern police departments began as slave patrols. Slave patrols helped to maintain the economic order and to assist the wealthy landowners in recovering and punishing slaves who essentially were considered property.
Policing was not the only social institution enmeshed in slavery. Slavery was fully institutionalized in the American economic and legal order with laws being enacted at both the state and national divisions of government.
Virginia, for example, enacted more than slave statutes between and Slavery and the abuse of people of color, however, was not merely a southern affair as many have been taught to believe.
Connecticut, New York and other colonies enacted laws to criminalize and control slaves.
Congress also passed fugitive Slave Laws, laws allowing the detention and return of escaped slaves, in and As Turner, Giacopassi and Vandiver The similarities between the slave patrols and modern American policing are too salient to dismiss or ignore.
Hence, the slave patrol should be considered a forerunner of modern American law enforcement. In fact it can be argued that extreme violence against people of color became even worse with the rise of vigilante groups who resisted Reconstruction.
Because vigilantes, by definition, have no external restraints, lynch mobs had a justified reputation for hanging minorities first and asking questions later. Because of its tradition of slavery, which rested on the racist rationalization that Blacks were sub-human, America had a long and shameful history of mistreating people of color, long after the end of the Civil War.
Perhaps the most infamous American vigilante group, the Ku Klux Klan started in the s, was notorious for assaulting and lynching Black men for transgressions that would not be considered crimes at all, had a White man committed them. Lynching occurred across the entire county not just in the South.
This legislation, however, did not stem the tide of racial or ethnic abuse that persisted well into the s.
Though having white skin did not prevent discrimination in America, being White undoubtedly made it easier for ethnic minorities to assimilate into the mainstream of America.
The additional burden of racism has made that transition much more difficult for those whose skin is black, brown, red, or yellow.Historical Timeline of Public Education in the US.
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in agriculture plummets as family farms are gobbled up by larger agricultural businesses and people are forced to look for work in towns and cities. At the same . The Southern Argument for Slavery. A History of the Defense of Slavery in America A book review of Larry Tise's Proslavery: A History of The Defense of Slavery In America.
Though this review is rather short, it does present some of the startling reasoning used to justify slavery, including the perceived approbation of slavery found in the. Slavery existed in North America long before the first Africans arrived at Jamestown in For centuries, from the pre-Columbian era through the s, Native Americans took prisoners of war and killed, adopted, or enslaved them.
The history of slavery spans many cultures, demand for the labor-intensive harvesting of rubber drove frontier expansion and slavery in Latin America and elsewhere. Indigenous peoples were enslaved as part of the rubber boom in Ecuador, Slavery during the Early Middle Ages had several distinct sources.
The history of slavery spans many cultures, nationalities, and religions from ancient times to the present day.
Early African-American history "Landing Negroes at Hine, Darlene Clark, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and Elsa Barkley Brown, eds. Black Women in America - An Historical Encyclopedia () excerpt and text search; Timeline of Slavery in America; Tennessee Technological University - African-American History and Studies. Nov 12, · Watch video · America’s explosive growth—and its expansion westward in the first half of the 19th century—would provide a larger stage for the growing conflict over slavery in America and its future. HIST Race, Sex, & Slavery in Early America -- Professor Cathy Adams: Research Tools. Research Tools; Finding Primary Sources Online; Searching Advice; Slavery in America and the World: The index to it, called the American Bibliography, is located on a small bookshelf near the Early American Imprints. Also look for: Colonial Records.
However the social, economic, and legal positions of slaves were vastly different in different systems of slavery in different times and places. Slavery appears in the Mesopotamian Code of Hammurabi (c.
BC), which refers to it as an established institution. Discovery, Exploration, Colonies, & Revolution. Updated July 3, JUMP TO.. TIMELINES & MAPS / PRIMARY DOCUMENTS. DISCOVERY & EXPLORATION.
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