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Dangerous Strangers: Minority Newcomers and Criminal by Kevin J. Mullen (auth.)

By Kevin J. Mullen (auth.)

Have rookies to American towns been accountable for a disproportionate volume of violent crime? risky Strangers takes up this query through reading the prevalence of legal violence between a number of waves of immigrant/ethnic teams in San Francisco over a hundred and fifty years. via quite a few teams - Irish, German, Italian, and chinese language immigrants, basically - and their various reports at various occasions within the city's historical past, this learn addresses the problem of ways a lot violence may be attributed to new teams' therapy by means of the host society and what kind of will be traced to features present in their group of beginning. harmful Strangers fills an said hole within the literature of murder reports and broadens our knowing of newcomer violence.

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48 That broke it. On Sunday, June 8, 100 of the leading men in San Francisco gathered to form the first of the city’s famed Committees of Vigilance. On Tuesday, the group reconvened and entered their names in the rolls of the Committee of Vigilance. That night at 8 PM a Sydney immigrant, named John Jenkins entered George Virgin’s shipping office on Central Wharf and stole what turned out to be an empty strongbox. He was seen in the act and captured by passersby who turned him over to the recently formed committee.

The argument attributing Australian criminality to the economic downturn is diluted by the fact that Australians comprised almost 70 percent of those arrested for theft at the 1849 fire, long before the economy went sour. On balance, the assertion that Australians were universally held up as criminals does not wear well. On October 28, 1850, at the beginning of the crime wave that would in the end result in the formation of the Committee of Vigilance, the San Francisco Alta, a strong supporter of the committee once it was formed, cautioned against over-blaming Sydney people and Mexicans and Indians for the crime being committed.

14. November 1853: Francisco, a Chilean, is killed by Polonio after leaving a “house” on Pacific Street. 15. May 1854: Antonio Perez is robbed and strangled at her house on Union Street by four Latinos. 38 DANGEROUS STRANGERS 16. August 1855: Jose LaFuente kills Maria Martinez in a domestic dispute. 17. October 1855: Antonio Salgado kills Miguel Castro in a fight over a woman. 18. April 1856: Francisco Robenos kills Jose Calderon in a drunken dispute on the Presidio Road near Washerwoman’s Lagoon.

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