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War on crime : bandits, G-men, and the politics of mass culture

Author: Claire Bond Potter
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1998.
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War on Crime revises the history of the New Deal transformation and suggests a new model for political historyone which recognizes that cultural phenomena and the political realm produce, between them, an idea of "the state." The war on crime was fought with guns and pens, movies and legislation, radio and government hearings. All of these methods illuminate this period of state transformation and perceptions of  Read more...
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History
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Potter, Claire Bond, 1958-
War on crime.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1998
(DLC) 97022311
(OCoLC)37155755
Named Person: J Edgar Hoover; John Edgar Hoover; J Edgar Hoover
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Bond Potter
ISBN: 0585116393 9780585116396
OCLC Number: 44958097
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 250 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prohibition, crime, and federal policing --
Scientific policing, masculinity, and bureau reform --
The making of a crime wave --
Romance, bandit identity, and the rise of celebrity bandits --
Kidnapping, federal policing, and the role of the public in the war on crime --
John Dillinger as political actor --
The Barker-Karpis Gang, surveillance, and the victory of federal policing.
Responsibility: Claire Bond Potter.

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War on Crime revises the history of the New Deal transformation and suggests a new model for political historyone which recognizes that cultural phenomena and the political realm produce, between them, an idea of "the state." The war on crime was fought with guns and pens, movies and legislation, radio and government hearings. All of these methods illuminate this period of state transformation and perceptions of that emergent state, in the years of the first New Deal. The study of the creation of G-men and gangsters as cultural heroes in this period not only explores the Depression-era obsession with crime and celebrity, but it also lends insight on how citizens understood a nation undergoing large political and social changes.

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