Parenti Ch. 1-4 brief summaries

They needed names he also describes that back then

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was being freed or not. They needed names. He also describes that back then being a literate slave was like being a free slave. Providing education to slaves was against the law. Charlestown, South Carolina was the first to create a type of ID. They made tags out of tin. Later on, printed forms described names, height, and race. More descriptive tags came out later during the Civil War. Question : If you could make a better ID than those issued by the government, what changes would you make? Chapter Three This chapter goes over the need for identification due to the growth of urbanization. As a city grew bigger, the crime rate grew with it. This called for the creation of the police. As time went on, people started to rely on the police for protection, security and surveillance. Policemen would patrol neighborhoods watching for crime. When criminals were caught they would take their picture, fingerprints and Bertillonage. They started to keep permanent records of with details and descriptions of each person. These descriptions included their physical characteristics and crimes committed but were hard to maintain and/or use because of how many there were. Question: Are policemen needed in small rural towns? Why or why not? Chapter Four In chapter four, Parenti discusses Bertillonage. Alphonse Bertillon was the creator. His works pushed for criminals to be measured eleven different ways. This was placed in their record. Bertillon’s system didn’t last very long due to its time consumption and strict standards. Many didn’t follow instructions so exact measurements written down were off. Next, came the use of fingerprints. It was so popular that it was becoming a requirement worldwide. Many people didn’t accept it at first because they believed that it was offensive. When voluntary fingerprinting popped up, more people accepted it. Question: If you had the option, would you give or not give your fingerprints to the authorities? Why or why not?
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  • Fall '08
  • Johnson,K
  • Slavery in the United States, American Civil War, credit card usage, discipline surveillance lead

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