Slave Patrols, the Ku Klux Klan and Policing
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The paper looks at how Sally Hadden, in her book "Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas", traces the development of slave patrols from their roots in England and the Caribbean. The paper supports and explains her thesis that the slave patrols in the pre-Civil War era evolved into groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the law enforcement agencies we have today.
From the Paper:"The early nineteenth century was a time when whites typically believed that they were duty-bound to maintain white dominance. The whites who believed this were not necessarily slave-owners. For some it was nothing more than a function of being white and thereby somehow empowered. Slave patrols were the instrument of maintaining white dominance. In Yetman's collection, When I Was A Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection, the stories of more than 2,000 interviews with former slaves show a realistic view of the way slavery really was and the power imbalance between slaves and whites."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Fry, Gladys-Marie. Night Riders in Black Folk History. Knoxville, 1975.
- Hadden, Sally E. Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas. Cambridge, 2001.
- Vila, Bryan and Cynthia Morris, eds. The Role of Police in American Society A Documentary History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
- Weatherford, Willis D., and Charles S. Johnson. Race Relations: Adjustment of Whites and Negroes in the United States. Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, 1934.
- Yetman, Norman R., ed. When I Was A Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection. Dover Thrift Editions, 2002.
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