History of Policing in 19th-Century Chicago

Did Chicago always have police? This seminar will explore the origins of the city’s police force in the nineteenth century. We will examine how local politics shaped early policing while connecting Chicago’s story to national trajectories. The seminar will interrogate historical conceptions of law and order in an urban context, showing how those ideas changed over time and were wielded by different groups vying for power in an industrializing city.