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  1. War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men, and the Politics of Mass Culture
    War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men, and the Politics of Mass Culture
    War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men, and the Politics of Mass Culture
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  2. War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men, and the Politics of Mass Culture

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War on Crime revises the history of the New Deal transformation and suggests a new model for political history-one which recognizes that cultural phenomena and the political realm produce, between them, an idea of "the state." The war on crime was fought with guns and pens, movies and legislation, radio and government hearings. All of these methods illuminate this period of state transformation, and perceptions of that emergent state, in the years of the first New Deal. The creation of G-men and gangsters as cultural heroes in this period not only explores the Depression-era obsession with crime and celebrity, but it also lends insight on how citizens understood a nation undergoing large political and social changes.

Anxieties about crime today have become a familiar route for the creation of new government agencies and the extension of state authority. It is important to remember the original "war on crime" in the 1930s-and the opportunities it afforded to New Dealers and established bureaucrats like J. Edgar Hoover-as scholars grapple with the ways states assert influence over populations, local authority, and party politics while they pursue goals such as reducing popular violence and protecting private property.

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Well researched show what Hoover did to hide government blunders. Also show how well organized some of these outlaws were.
America has had many wars; the longest running of which is its war on crime. Fittingly, this started when America banned alcohol, the first of many attempts at banning the trade, production and consumption of an addictive substance. The banning of alcohol and the Great Depression that occurred just after it, together led to a rise in crime, especially interstate crime. This, and the increasing prevalence of radio and television in homes, led to a media circus built around the exploits of figures like John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde and others. In response, federal authorities like J. Edgar Hoover would use this as an opportunity to expand their powers, both thru legislation and increased funding from Congress. The result were three-fold. First, was the creation of a national police force, the FBI, that has grown into one of the more important federal agencies. Second, is the creation of a culture built around the concept of professional, well-dressed good guys shooting it out... Read more
I always thought the only good thing Hoover did was hunt the KKK during the Jim Crow resurgence in the 1920s, but he also rooted out the corruption described in Boardwalk Empire and made the FBI G man a good guy to the public. His red scare tactics came later. Who knew? Good scholarship.
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