State Police in the United States: A Socio-Historical Analysis

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Chapter 8
Analysis of the State Police Movement

The patterns of activity identified in the previous discussion of the state police creation process in Illinois and Colorado provide support for my argument that the emergence of the state police was a product of the unique combination of events occurring during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Social and economic change, urban growth, immigration, labor troubles, and a world war created a climate in which different interests--business, reformers, and politicians--favored changes in traditional patterns of social control. Most of the state police forces created between 1905 and 1925 fall into this category. However, the discussion of state police developments in Colorado and Illinois illustrates differences in the creation process that require further analysis. Comparative study of the unique differences between these two similar responses to a common problem provides deeper insight into the process itself. Moreover, this type of analysis is made easier given the legislative nature of state police development as stated at the outset. This dimension of state police development affords the opportunity to analyze and evaluate their emergence as a case of lawmaking.

Study of the law creation process is firmly anchored in the "law in action" tradition within the sociology of law and has produced a number of important works. The most well-known are Hall's analysis of the Carrier's Case and the resulting theft laws, and the study of vagrancy laws by Chambliss. 1 In addition, other studies of specific laws such as prohibition, marijuana and heroin legislation, prostitution statutes, and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chapter 1 Introduction 1
  • Notes 9
  • Chapter 2 What Do We Know About the State Police? 13
  • Notes 22
  • Chapter 3 State Police Development, 1835-1941 25
  • Notes 44
  • Chapter 4 - The State Police in Historical Context 49
  • Notes 62
  • Chapter 5 State Police Development in Illinois, 1917-1929 65
  • Notes 85
  • Chapter 6 the State Police Movement in Illinois 89
  • Notes 110
  • Chapter 7 Creating the State Police in Colorado 113
  • Notes 130
  • Chapter 8 Analysis of the State Police Movement 133
  • Notes 145
  • Appendix - Suggestions for Further Research on the State Police 147
  • BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND DIGESTS 148
  • GENERAL WORKS--BOOKS 149
  • GENERAL WORKS--ARITICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS 149
  • GENERAL WORKS--ARITICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS 151
  • GENERAL WORKS--ARITICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS 152
  • Bibliography 161
  • Index 173
  • About the Author 180
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