The Kefauver Committee and the politics of crime, 1950-1952

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The Kefauver Committee and the politics of crime, 1950-1952

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Title: The Kefauver Committee and the politics of crime, 1950-1952
Author: Moore, William Howard
Contributor: University of Missouri Press
Date: 1974
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Abstract: In 1950, the essentials of two distinct interpretations of organized crime existed side by side in the United States. One was essentially socioeconomic, one conspiratorial. The Kefauver Crime Committee of 1950-1951 was to play a vital role in orienting both professional and popular opinion toward a conspiracy interpretation. In doing so, the Committee ignored the nascent but promising body of sociological literature, and it dismissed out of hand the economic and legal arguments for regulation. In years to come, its widely heralded reports provided the essential material for college textbooks and journalistic accounts and became a model for the McClellan investigation and other official studies. This effort was intended as a study of the Committee and not of crime.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15149

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