HIST 3436 History of the Cops: Racialized Policing in the US

HIST 3436 History of the Cops: Racialized Policing in the US (also AMST 3436) (HST-AS) (HNA)

Tuesday and Thursday: 10:10-11:25 plus Independent Research

Professor Edward Baptist

The course will study the history of policing and race in the US. Beginning with the origins of American policing in a settler-colonial society, it will study the way whiteness emerged as an identity that depended on the control of both Indigenous and Black people. We will discuss the role of policing in national identity, the defense of slavery, American empire, the rise of urban industrialization, the emergence of professionalized policing, the control of immigrants, and the undermining of Reconstruction. The emergence of twentieth-century America, the identification of crime as a key political and the further development of racialized policing as a core fiscal and ideological project of the American state will be the main focus of the second half of the course. The course will also cover organization against racialized policing in particular as a major political project, source of identity, and root of both solidarity and estrangement between Black and other working class Americans.

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