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Author Agyepong, Tera Eva, author

Title The Criminalization of Black Children : Race, Gender, and Delinquency in Chicagos Juvenile Justice System, 1899-1945 / Tera Eva Agyepong
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Justice, power, and politics
Justice, power, and politics.
Contents Contingent childhood: black children and the making of juvenile justice -- Race-ing innocence: the emergence of juvenile justice and the making of black delinquency -- Boundaries of innocence: race, the emergence of Cook County juvenile court, and punitive transitions -- Constructing a black female delinquent: race, gender, and the criminalization of African American girls at the Illinois Training School for Girls at Geneva -- Flight, fright, and freedom: delinquency and the construction of black masculinity at the Training School for Boys at St. Charles
Summary "In this book, Tera Agyepong explores the vital role children played in the construction of ideas of criminality in early twentieth century Chicago. For African American children, youthfulness--far from being a marker of purity or innocence--was a factor in subjecting them to particular institutional, social, and economic vulnerabilities at the hands of the juvenile justice system. At a moment when blackness was becoming a marker of criminality, their race overrode the potential protections their status as children could have provided them"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American juvenile delinquents -- Illinois.
African Americans -- Illinois -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Juvenile justice, Administration of -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781469638669 (electronic bk.)
1469638665 (electronic bk.)
9781469638676 (electronic bk.)
1469638673 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)