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Law & disorder : the chaotic birth of the NYPD

Author: Bruce Chadwick
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Nineteenth-century New York City was one of the most magnificent cities in the world, but also one of the most deadly. Without any real law enforcement for almost 200 years, the city was a lawless place where the crime rate was triple what it is today and the murder rate was five or six times as high. The staggering amount of crime threatened to topple a city that was experiencing meteoric growth and striving to
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Chadwick
ISBN: 9781250082589 1250082587
OCLC Number: 947146015
Description: viii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Riot! --
The gruesome murder of Helen Jewett --
Extra! Extra! The penny press chases crime --
the magnificent city and the malignant crime wave --
Crime everywhere --
Lydia Child, crime, and chaos --
Faith in the constables frays as the city implodes --
Amateur police walk the beat of a raucous city --
Prostitution, gambling, and drinking: the backbone of the crime surge and downfall of the police --
Five Points and the boundaries of Hell --
The brutal murder of the beautiful cigar girl --
Out with the old, in with the new --
Police brutality raises its ugly head --
Blood in the streets --
The fabulous Fernando Wood --
Blue blood: the 1857 police riots.
Other Titles: Law and disorder
Responsibility: Bruce Chadwick.

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The harrowing story of the founding of the New York City Police department in 1844 as a mammoth crime wave threatened to destroy the glittering metropolis.  Read more...

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