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Policing the open road : how cars transformed American freedom

Author: Sarah A Seo
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2021. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Policing the Open Road examines how the rise of the car, that symbol of American personal freedom, inadvertently led to ever more intrusive policing--with disastrous consequences for racial equality in our criminal justice system. When Americans think of freedom, they often picture the open road. Yet nowhere are we more likely to encounter the long arm of the law than in our cars. Sarah Seo reveals how the rise of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah A Seo
ISBN: 0674260341 9780674260344
OCLC Number: 1240772462
Awards: Winner of Littleton-Griswold Prize 2020 (United States)
Winner of Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize 2020 (United States)
Winner of David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History or Biography 2020 (United States)
Winner of Order of the Coif Book Award 2020 (United States)
Winner of Ralph Waldo Emerson Award 2020 (United States)
Description: 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A mystery of traffic --
From lumbering foot patrolmen to motor-mounted policemen --
The automotive Fourth Amendment --
It could happen to you --
The right to privacy in public --
The Fourth Amendment tool in criminal patrol.
Other Titles: How cars transformed American freedom
Responsibility: Sarah A. Seo.

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Policing the Open Road examines how the rise of the car, that symbol of American personal freedom, inadvertently led to ever more intrusive policing--with disastrous consequences for racial equality in our criminal justice system. When Americans think of freedom, they often picture the open road. Yet nowhere are we more likely to encounter the long arm of the law than in our cars. Sarah Seo reveals how the rise of the automobile transformed American freedom in radical ways, leading us to accept--and expect--pervasive police power. As Policing the Open Road makes clear, this expectation has had far-reaching political and legal consequences.--

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A fascinating examination of how the automobile reconfigured American life, not just in terms of suburbanization and infrastructure but with regard to deeply ingrained notions of freedom and personal Read more...

 
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