Law & disorder : the chaotic birth of the NYPD / Bruce Chadwick.

Author
Chadwick, Bruce [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Εdition
First edition.
Published/​Created
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Description
viii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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  • "Nineteenth-century New York City was one of the most magnificent cities in the world, but also one of the most deadly. Without any real law enforcement for almost 200 years, the city was a lawless place where the crime rate was triple what it is today and the murder rate was five or six times as high. The staggering amount of crime threatened to topple a city that was experiencing meteoric growth and striving to become one of the most spectacular in America. For the first time, award-winning historian Bruce Chadwick examines how rampant violence led to the founding of the first professional police force in New York City. Chadwick brings readers into the bloody and violent city, where race relations and an influx of immigrants boiled over into riots, street gangs roved through town with abandon, and thousands of bars, prostitutes, and gambling emporiums clogged the streets. The drive to establish law and order and protect the city involved some of New York's biggest personalities, including mayor Fernando Wood, police chief Fred Tallmadge, and journalist Walt Whitman. Law and Disorder is a must read for fans of New York history and those interested in how the first police force, untrained and untested, battled to maintain law and order."-- Provided by publisher.
  • "Nineteenth-century New York City was one of the most magnificent cities in the world, but also one of the most deadly. Without any real law enforcement for almost 200 years, the city was a lawless place where the crime rate was triple what it is today and the murder rate was five or six times as high. The staggering amount of crime threatened to topple a city that was experiencing meteoric growth and striving to become one of the most spectacular in America. For the first time, award-winning historian Bruce Chadwick examines how rampant violence led to the founding of the first professional police force in New York City. Chadwick brings readers into the bloody and violent city, where race relations and an influx of immigrants boiled over into riots, street gangs roved through town with abandon, and thousands of bars, prostitutes, and gambling emporiums clogged the streets. The drive to establish law and order and protect the city involved some of New York's biggest personalities, including mayor Fernando Wood, police chief Fred Tallmadge, and journalist Walt Whitman. Law and Disorder is a must read for fans of New York history and those interested in how the first police force, untrained and untested, battled to maintain law and order"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Riot! -- The gruesome murder of Helen Jewett -- Extra! Extra! The penny press chases crime -- the magnificent city and the malignant crime wave -- Crime everywhere -- Lydia Child, crime, and chaos -- Faith in the constables frays as the city implodes -- Amateur police walk the beat of a raucous city -- Prostitution, gambling, and drinking: the backbone of the crime surge and downfall of the police -- Five Points and the boundaries of Hell -- The brutal murder of the beautiful cigar girl -- Out with the old, in with the new -- Police brutality raises its ugly head -- Blood in the streets -- The fabulous Fernando Wood -- Blue blood: the 1857 police riots.
Other title(s)
Law and disorder
ISBN
  • 9781250082589 ((hardback))
  • 1250082587 ((hardback))
LCCN
2016047035
OCLC
947146015
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