War on Crime

War on Crime

Bandits, G-men, and the Politics of Mass Culture

eBook - 1998
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War on Crime revises the history of the New Deal transformation and suggests a new model for political historyone 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 study of 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.
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©1998
ISBN: 9780585116396
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 250 pages) : illustrations


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