The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America

by Barry Latzer


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The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America by Barry Latzer

A compelling case can be made that violent crime, especially after the 1960s, was one of the most significant domestic issues in the United States. Indeed, few issues had as profound an effect on American life in the last third of the twentieth century. After 1965, crime rose to such levels that it frightened virtually all Americans and prompted significant alterations in everyday behaviors and even lifestyles. The risk of being mugged was a concern when Americans chose places to live and schools for their children, selected commuter routes to work, and planned their leisure activities. In some locales, people were afraid to leave their dwellings at any time, day or night, even to go to the market. In the worst of the post-1960s crime wave, Americans spent part of each day literally looking back over their shoulders.

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America is the first book to comprehensively examine this important phenomenon over the entire postwar era. It combines a social history of the United States with the insights of criminology and examines the relationship between rising and falling crime and such historical developments as the postwar economic boom, suburbanization and the rise of the middle class, baby booms and busts, war and antiwar protest, the urbanization of minorities, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594039294
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 635,994
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Barry Latzer is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and a former member of the Doctoral Faculty in Criminal Justice at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. He received a JD from Fordham University (1985) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1977). Professor Latzer has published widely on capital punishment and criminal procedure law. His casebook, Death Penalty Cases (Butterworth-Heinemann 2002), is now in its second edition. He also wrote two books on state constitutional criminal procedure: State Constitutional Criminal Law (Clark, Boardman, Callaghan 1995) and State Constitutions and Criminal Justice (Greenwood Press 1991). Professor Latzer briefly served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn and as appellate counsel for indigent criminal defendants in New York City. He lives in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 World War II and Its Aftermath 1

Crime in the 1940s

Chapter 2 The Golden Years 43

Violent Crime in the 1950s

Chapter 3 Ordeal 103

The Great Post-1960s Crime Rise

Chapter 4 The Violence Continues 171

America in the 1980s

Chapter 5 The Great Downturn 221

1995 to the Twenty-First Century

Conclusion History and the Study of Crime 265

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 277

Bibliography 353

Index 397

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