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The six-shooter state : the dual face of public and private violence in American politics

Author: Jonathan Obert
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
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"American violence is schizophrenic. On the one hand, many Americans support the creation of a powerful bureaucracy of coercion made up of police and military forces in order to provide public security. At the same time, many of those citizens also demand the private right to protect their own families, home, and property. This book diagnoses this schizophrenia as a product of a distinctive institutional history, in  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation):
Obert, Jonathan.
Six-shooter state.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018017124
(OCoLC)1030765958
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Obert
ISBN: 9781108557740 1108557740
OCLC Number: 1052465803
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Jurisdictional Decoupling as Institutional Change; 3. Bandits, Elites, and Vigilantes in Antebellum Illinois; 4. Pinkertons and Police in Antebellum Chicago; 5. Racist Vigilantism as Reform in Reconstruction Louisiana; 6. The Violent Careers of American Gunfighters; 7. Conclusion, Index.
Responsibility: Jonathan Obert.

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Vigilantes and private security firms have not traditionally competed with police departments and other governmental forms of providing protection within the US; instead, using a series of historical  Read more...

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