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The Employment of African Americans in Law Enforcement, 1803-1865


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This book by the independent scholar, Lievin Mboma, is a comprehensive account of African Americans before and during the Civil War, organized around the loosely-defined framework of "law enforcement." In that definition, African Americans served in antebellum militias and plantation justice systems in the south as well as in the execution of justice in some northern states. During the Civil War, African Americans were soldiers, guards in prison camps, scouts, spies and informants among other duties. The book contains a wealth of information and fascinating accounts of specific individuals in diverse roles. Overall the book is a solid contribution to our knowledge of nineteenth-century African American history.Dr. James Quirin, History Professor at Fisk University W.E.B. Du Bois Honors Program Well researched and highly informative, The Employment of African Americans in Law Enforcement, 1800-1865 represents an excellent foray into an area of black history seldom explored or recognized. If nothing else, Mboma's work will stimulate and encourage scholars to rethink the interchange between free blacks and whites in antebellum American society. Tom Kanon, Ph.D., author of Tennesseans at War 1812-1815: Andrew Jackson, the Creek War, and the Battle of New Orleans Critique: An impressively produced and seminal work of original scholarship, "The Employment of African Americans in Law Enforcement, 1803-1865" is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. While an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library 19th Century American Law Enforcement collections in general, and 19th Century African American History supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers that "The Employment of African Americans in Law Enforcement, 1803-1865" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $8.69). Paul T. Vogel

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