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Black Silent Majority : The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment

Michael Javen Fortner author.

Pilot project,eBook available to selected US libraries only. 2015

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  • Title:
    Black Silent Majority : The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment
  • Author: Michael Javen Fortner author.
  • Description: Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Rights and Wreckage in Postwar Harlem -- 2. Black Junkies, White Do- Gooders, and the Metcalf- Volker Act of 1962 -- 3. Reverend Dempsey’s Crusade and the Rise of Involuntary Commitment in 1966 -- 4. Crime, Class, and Conflict in the Ghetto -- 5. King Heroin and the Development of the Drug Laws in 1973 -- 6. Race, Place, and the Tumultuous 1960s and 1970s -- Conclusion “Liberal Sentiments to Conservative Acts” -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
    Aggressive policing and draconian sentencing have disproportionately imprisoned millions of African Americans for drug-related offenses. Michael Javen Fortner shows that in the 1970s these punitive policies toward addicts and pushers enjoyed the support of many working-class and middle-class blacks, angry about the chaos in their own neighborhoods.
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (365 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 0-674-49610-8;ISBN 0-674-49608-6
  • Subjects: Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- New York (State); African Americans -- New York (State) -- Social conditions; Drug control -- New York (State); African American criminals -- New York (State); Middle class -- New York (State); Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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