War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men, and the Politics of Mass Culture

War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men, and the Politics of Mass Culture

by Claire Bond Potter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813524865

ISBN-13: 9780813524863

Pub. Date: 01/01/1998

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813524863
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.93(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction1
1"Crude Methods of Enforcement": Prohibition, Crime, and Federal Policing10
2"Trained and Intelligent Men of Good Character": Scientific Policing, Masculinity, and Bureau Reform31
3"People No Longer Respect Respectability": The Making of a Crime Wave57
4"It's Death for Bonnie and Clyde": Romance, Bandit Identity, and the Rise of Celebrity Bandits75
5"Another Roosevelt Victory in This War against the Underworld": Kidnapping, Federal Policing, and the Role of the Public in the War on Crime106
6"Why Can't the State Forgive Too?": John Dillinger as Political Actor138
7"A Central Bureau at Washington": The Barker-Karpis Gang, Surveillance, and the Victory of Federal Policing169
Conclusion196
Notes203
Index245

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