How the city of Indianapolis came to have African American Policemen and Firemen 80 years before the modern civil rights movement.
Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Pan-African Studies, MA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Rollins Jr., Aaron
Police; Race; Indianapolis; Violance; Voting; Politics
This study explores a series of events that occurred in the spring of 1876. The relationship between the Indianapolis city government, the Marion County Courts, the Indianapolis Police Department, and the African American community came together to usher in changes never before envisioned. The Indianapolis Police Department (IPD) was formed in 1855, then disbanded 12 months later in a political dispute. From 1857-to-1876, the IPD was all white. These changes took place as the Reconstruction era was coming to a close. The first Ku Klux Klan was at its apex, terrorizing black communities, and Jim Crow was coming into its own. There have been at least two dissertations written on the Indianapolis Police Department and several books explore the rise of the Indiana KKK and its interactions with the IPD.
Bates, Leon E., "How the city of Indianapolis came to have African American Policemen and Firemen 80 years before the modern civil rights movement." (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2488.
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