Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The (Black) Kids Are Alright: Law Enforcement History

Throughout the pre-Civil War period, the slave patrols and police’s primary task was to control slaves. States passed laws allowing local officials to create slave patrols to control the slave population and suppress slave insurrections. As one slave patroller recounted, they were directed to search “the negro cabins, & take every thing which we found in them, which bore a hostile aspect,” especially firearm material. 

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