The New York Riots of 1964 and the War on Crime
My latest book is the first full-scale study of a pivotal week in July 1964, when peaceful protests and violent unrest collided in Harlem and Brooklyn, law and order emerged in national politics, and the freedom struggle reached a crossroads. The following year the War on Crime was set in motion, with fateful implications for the prison and policing debates of today.
In the symbolic and historic heart of black America, the Harlem Riot of 1964, as most whites and many blacks called it, highlighted a new dynamic in the racial politics of the nation. The first "long, hot summer" of the Sixties had arrived, sending shock waves across the country and casting a shadow over the presidential contest between Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrat Lyndon Johnson.