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Becoming New York’s Finest

Race, Gender, and the Integration of the NYPD, 1935–1980

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Andrew T. Darien
      Pages 1-11
  3. Desegregation and Domesticity, 1935–1963

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Andrew T. Darien
      Pages 43-70
  4. Civil Rights and Feminism, 1964–1972

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Andrew T. Darien
      Pages 73-101
    3. Andrew T. Darien
      Pages 103-127
    4. Andrew T. Darien
      Pages 129-157
  5. Blue-Collar Backlash, 1968–1980

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Andrew T. Darien
      Pages 161-187
    3. Andrew T. Darien
      Pages 189-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-279

About this book


After excluding women and African Americans from its ranks for most of its history, the New York City Police Department undertook an aggressive campaign of integration following World War II. This is the first comprehensive account of how and why the NYPD came to see integration as a highly coveted political tool, indispensable to policing.


African Americans gender Integration New York City women

About the authors

Andrew Darien is Associate Professor of History at Salem State University, USA, where he teaches courses in modern United States History and Oral History. He has published widely on civil rights, New York history, and oral history.

Bibliographic information


'This hard-hitting and timely book is directly relevant to current controversies about policing. It tells a surprising story about the culture and politics of police forces, backed by superb research and told in an accessible and lively manner. I hope it will be widely read.' - Linda Gordon, Florence Kelley Professor of History, New York University, USA