Join Dr. Chris Stacey for the first presentation in a series of three on the history of Chicago’s Police Department. Chicago’s early police force carried out functions that service organizations would later provide. Yet, over time the role of the police department in the city changed dramatically. By the late nineteenth century, Chicago was the most violent city in the country. This presentation looks at how concepts of order, class, and ethnicity intersected with organizations that set police policy, municipal patronage, attempts at civil service reform, the Protestant elites’ desire to regulate working-class behavior, and the formation of a law-and-order consensus. We will explore how various world views and local political, business, and cultural practices shaped the way policing took place in the streets of Chicago. We will examine a set of significant events to determine the influence of a large, powerful and armed institution on the daily lives of Chicagoans.
Events: Creation of a profession police force in the 1850s, Lager Beer Riot of 1855,
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM CST
Cost: Free. We welcome all Columbia alumni and their family and friends.
Location: Zoom Video Conference