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this history is about one-half casework, one-third about the pinkerton family and one-sixth about the company.
the company history traces the founding of the company by allan pinkerton to the late 60s (when the book was published), under robert and william. the core business was and still is security. this company history includes the basic template for the us secret service along with the information pooling function of modern-day interpol as noteworthy.
the role of the pinkertons in the civil war is discussed with pinkerton's loyal support of mclellan explored. military intelligence may have proved to be too much for pinkerton but in counter-intelligence, pinkerton excelled.
pinkerton famously provided security for lincoln on his trip to washington while campaigning and dispondent that the pinkertons were not engaged to provide security leading up to his assassination.
during the reconstruction phase, the pinkertons were engaged by big business (banks, mines and railroads) in securing their interests. when problems occurred, the pinkertons acted as liasons to the inaccessible worlds of unions, theft rings, the mafia, bands of outlaws (e.g. the renos, the james and youngers) and other conspiratorial organizations. their role notably was to work in the interests of their employers rather than for the police or society as a whole - a quality amply demonstrated in HBO's "Deadwood" TV series.
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