Gotham's War within a War: Policing and the Birth of Law-and-Order Liberalism in World War II-Era New York City
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: University of North Carolina Press
Sales Date: 2023-10-31
Published: October 2023
258 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 x 1.00 in, 10 halftones
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This mode of policing was central to La Guardia's influential vision of urban governance, but it was met with resistance from the Black New Yorkers, youth, and working-class women it primarily targeted. The mobilization for World War II introduced new opportunities for the NYPD to intensify policing and criminalize these groups with federal support. In the 1930s these communities were framed as perils to urban order; during the militarized war years, they became a supposed threat to national security itself. Emily M. Brooks recasts the evolution of urban policing by revealing that the rise of law-and-order liberalism was inseparable from the surveillance, militarism, and nationalism of war.