Opinions Throughout History: Law Enforcement in America

Law enforcement is one of the most controversial topics of the modern age as the United States and many other nations struggle with persistent issues at the intersection of racial and social and criminal justice. This volume of Opinions Throughout History takes a look at the history and philosophy of policing in America from the vigilante slave catchers of the American South, to the first modern police departments of the Northeast, to the drug war of the 1980s and 1990s. Utilizing a selection of historic and modern documents from newspapers, academia, and politics, Law Enforcement and the Law will attempt to look at how American attitudes on police and the law have been shaped and have changed and at ideas about how American policing should evolve to reflect the changing cultural landscape of America.