Fighting Organized Crime: Politics, Justice, and the Legacy of Thomas E. Dewey

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UPNE, 1995 - Social Science - 315 pages
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From Samuel Tilden's fight against Tammany Hall to George Bush's references to Willie Horton, politicians have routinely exploited issues of crime to achieve success at the polls. Nowhere has this been more evident than in New York City in the 1930s. Fighting Organized Crime brings to life the dramatic interplay between crime and politics in New York City during this period, and in the process provides the first major examination of how politicians manipulate the justice system for their own ends - all in all a colorful saga of major New York figures jockeying for headlines and political gain in their battles against notorious gangsters.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Prologue
7
Chapter 1 Setting the Stage
15
Chapter 2 The Runaway Grand Jury
39
Chapter 3 Thomas E Deweys Rise from Obscurity
65
Chapter 4 Putting Theory into Practice
84
Chapter 5 The Politics of Crime Fighting
99
The Preliminaries
116
Chapter 8 Fighting Labor Rackets
162
Chapter 9 Reform Politics
193
Chapter 10 Jimmy Hines and the End of Old Tammany
226
Conclusion
249
Afterword
257
Notes
265
Bibliography
299
Index ix
307

The Trial
134

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Stolberg is a former reporter for the Pittsburgh Press.

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