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Politics (172 Books)


Politics as a category is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporate, academic, and religious segments of society. It consists of social relations involving authority or power and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy. Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we choose government officials and make decisions about public policy.

 
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Looking Back : Radical Criminology and Social Movements: Radical C...

By: Gregory Shank

Social Justice Vol. 26, No. 2 (76), 25th Anniversary Commemoration (Summer 1999)

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Social Insecurity : The Transformation of American Criminal Justic...

By: Anthony M. Platt

Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 1 (2001): 138-155.

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Fannie Henderson Witnesses Southern Lynch Law

By: Michael Keith Honey

Published in Black-Workers Remember: an oral history of segregation, unionism, and the freedom struggle by Michael Keith Honey, pg. 20-23.

In the absence of a strong protest organization in the African American community, the police in the 1930s and 1940s were happy to demonstrate their power by victimizing many hapless individuals. And yet individuals did resist. Ms. Henderson, for example, acted against her powerlessness to stop a grisly lynching by becoming an official witness to it. Her friend Mary Alexander made the choice that many people would: she hid herself from direct knowledge of police crime an...

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The Challenge of Prison Abolition : A Conversation: A Conversation

By: Angela Y. Davis; Dylan Rodriguez

"The Challenge of Prison Abolition: A Conversation" A dialog between Angela Y. Davis and Dylan Rodriguez , Social Justice, 27:3=81 (2000:Fall) p.212

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Opening Up Borderland Studies : A Review of U.S.-Mexico Border Mil...

By: Jose Palafox

Palafox, J. (2000). Opening up borderland studies: A review of U.S.-Mexico border militarization discourse. Social Justice. 27. 56-72.

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Slavery and Prison : Understanding the Connections: Understanding ...

By: Kim Gilmore

Article published in the Social Justice: Critical Resistance to the Prison-Industrial Complex, Vol. 27, No. 3 (2000).

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Prison Nation : Driven by fear, the US has surrendered to "Carcera...

By: Sasha Abramsky

This article is an edited excerpt from his upcoming book, Hard Time Blues: How politics built a prison nation, published by St. Martin's Press in January, 2002.

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Race, Prison, and Poverty : The Race To Incarcerate In The Age Of ...

By: Paul Street

Paul Street, “Race, Prison, and Poverty: The Race to Incarcerate in the Age of Correctional Keynesianism,” Z Magazine (May 2001), p. 26.

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Dark Connections : Empire abroad, prisons at home: Empire abroad, ...

By: Paul Street

Street P. Dark Connections: Empire abroad, prisons at home. Z Magazine 2003; January: 41-45.

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The Social Functions of the Prisons in the United States

By: Bettina Aptheker

Chapter 3 of "If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance," New York: Third Press, 1971.

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Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation

By: Angela Y. Davis

Despite a long history of exalted appeals to man's inherent right to resistance, there has seldom been agreement on how to relate in practice to unjust immoral laws and the oppressive social order from which they emanate.

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I Believe in the Laws of Nature

By: Anna Mae Aquash

Anna Mae Aquash statement to the Court of South Dakota September, 1975

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Crime and Criminals : Address to the Prisoners in the Chicago Jail...

By: Clarence Darrow

Darrow's Crime & Criminals, originally published by Charles H Kerr in 1902, is not only one of the greatest works by the greatest attorney in US history, it is also a little masterpiece in the literature of social criticism and the struggle for freedom. In a few pages radiant with the forceful eloquence and dry humor for which he was so justly renowned, Darrow offers the man in the street - or more precisely in this case, in jail - a crash course in the theory and practi...

This address is a stenographic report of a talk made to the prisoners in the Chicago jail. Some of my good friends have insisted that while my theories are true, I should not have given them to the inmates of a jail. Realizing the force of the suggestion that the truth should not be spoken to all people, I have caused these remarks to be printed on rather good paper and in a somewhat expensive form. In this way the truth does not become cheap and vulgar, and is only plac...

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Lynch Law in America

By: Ida B. Wells

Source: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, “Lynch Law in America,” The Arena 23 (January 1900), 15-24.

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The Convict Lease System

By: Ida B. Wells

Taken from the third chapter of "The Reason why the colored American is not in the World's Columbian Exposition," published in 1893.

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Worse Than Slavery : Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Just...

By: David M. Oshinsky

In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era—and beyond. Immortalized in blues songs and movies like Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones, Mississippi’s infamous Parchman State Penitentiary was, in the pre-civil rights south, synonymous with cruelty. Now, noted historian David Oshinsky gives us the true story of the notor...

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I Denounce the So-Called Emancipation as a Stupendous Fraud

By: Frederick Douglass

Speech by Frederick Douglass on the occasion of the Twenty-Sixth Anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1888.

In 1888, Douglass visited South Carolina and Georgia and realized how little he had known about the true conditions of his people in the South. On April 10, soon after his return, he wrote to one of the leaders of a movement for encouraging the emigration of southern Negroes to the northwest: "I had hoped that the relations subsisting between the former slaves and the old master class would gradually improve; but while I believed this, and still have some such weak faith...

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Mississippi Black Codes

By: Mississippi Legislature State of Mississippi

The status of the Negro was the focal problem of Reconstruction. Slavery had been abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, but the white people of the South were determined to keep the Negro in his place, socially, politically, and economically. This was done by means of the notorious "Black Codes," passed by several of the state legislatures. Northerners regarded these codes as a revival of slavery in disguise. The first such body of statutes, and probably the harshest, w...

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Propaganda

By: Edward Bernays; Mark Crispin Miller, Co-Author

A seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays (1891–1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that woul...

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The Demand for Order and the Birth of Modern Policing

By: Kristian Williams

Article from the Monthly Review: An Independent Socialist Magazine, Vol. 55, Issue 07, December 2003.

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