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The Forgotten Urban Rebellions and the True Origins of "Broken Windows"

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018. 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
MLK Institute, Aptheker Library
Approaches to Capitalism
Meeting Description: 

Elizabeth Hinton presents work-in-progress on the hidden history of over 4,000 urban rebellions that took place in the United States from 1968 to 1972. Her research will challenge our understanding about the causes and origins of the War on Crime. A joint workshop with Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity (CORE).

Elizabeth Hinton is assistant professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century United States. Her current scholarship considers the transformation of domestic social programs and urban policing after the Civil Rights Movement.

In her award-winning recent book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (Harvard University Press, 2016), Hinton examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of American citizens. In revealing the links between the rise of the American carceral state and earlier anti-poverty programs, Hinton presents Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs not as a sharp policy departure but rather as the full realization of a shift towards surveillance and confinement that began during the Johnson administration. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime was named one of the New York Times’ "100 notable books of 2016."