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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dc.contributor.author Moore, William Howard
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-06T17:38:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-06T17:38:51Z
dc.date.issued 1974
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15149
dc.description Bibliography: page [243]-259
dc.description.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.
dc.description.tableofcontents The American approach to organized crime -- The postwar crime scare -- The creation of the committee -- The wire service story -- The mafia as myth -- The politics of crime -- The New York crime show -- The decline of the committee -- The committee's legacy
dc.format.extent xii, 269 pages
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri Press
dc.relation.ispartof University of Missouri Press (MU)
dc.subject.lcsh United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce
dc.subject.lcsh Organized crime
dc.title The Kefauver Committee and the politics of crime, 1950-1952 en_US
dc.type Book en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename University of Missouri Press
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