Crime and Punishment in the Us Essay

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Abstract The progressive era was marked by many changes to societal policy. Despite the efforts for progressives to change the norm and to adjust policy to reflect the changing to the times and society’s adaptation to modernization, race relations stayed the same as they had always been. Racial tension was exacerbated as the great migration began to take place and blacks began to flood the streets of the northern cities. Elite New Yorkers pushed the agenda of the “black menace” (Sacks, 2005). Local police followed suit by policing blacks with greater focus. This raised tensions between blacks and whites, which included the widely corrupt police department. Police officials were not trusted by the black community because they did not care about black safety, and in many instances were involved in racial beatings. Introduction The date is July 13th of 1919. America is shifting from the Progressive era (1900-1919) into the Crisis era (1920-1939). Despite progressive efforts in many aspects of American life, few changes had taken place in American society in terms of police corruption and attitudes towards blacks and other immigrant minority groups. The case of the people of New York vs. James Ingram displays the sentiment of the New York police department towards Negroes of the time. The following analysis is an attempt to explore and expose the disparity and racial inequality that existed during the progressive era in New York City. During the years leading up to the progressive era the United States had been through a great deal of changes in the context of law regarding the freedom of the Negro man. Slavery had been abolished after the civil war and what many thought would be the end of slavery and racism in the United States really was not more than a change in approach to the same old racism of years past. During the

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