Law and Order
Law and Order
This chapter discusses the impact of the First Great Depression on law and order. In cities and farms across the United States, economic decline awakened old grievances about inequities in the distribution of economic and political power. Disgruntled Americans were organized more easily to push for change, and many were willing to resort to violence to demonstrate their resistance to the status quo. This was most clearly the case in the northeastern United States, where agrarian and industrial laborers, not shackled by the institution of slavery, had the capacity to organize and articulate their grievances. The violence raised questions about the capacity of citizens to regulate themselves, and also about the ability of a nation organized on democratic principles to maintain civil peace. In Rhode Island, New York, and Philadelphia, authorities responded to severe outbreaks of violence in similar ways. Tentative attempts to maintain order eventually gave way to the ruthless suppression of resistance against established authority. Law and order had to be preserved, and police power became one of the essential requirements for the survival of a fragile, open economy.
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