Birmingham Bound: "Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South" by Brandon T. Jett

Cover photo from publisher LSU Press.

By Cheyenne Trujillo | Public Relations

Birmingham Bound is back and virtual, hosting author Brandon T. Jett to discuss his book Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South.
The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Department of Archives and Manuscripts is hosting this virtual author talk via Zoom on Tuesday, October 26, at 6:00 p.m.
Do not miss out on this virtual author talk!

Jett's book dives deep into the history and relationship between African Americans and law enforcement in Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans, dating from 1920 through 1945.

He adds new context to our general understanding of race relations during the Jim Crow era by exploring the different ways and techniques that African Americans used to influence the police to serve the black community.

Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South gives readers a new lens to view history through as well as current debates in the USA about the relationship between police and minorities.

Praise for Jett's book applaud the depth and respect he gives to the subject, saying:
“Brandon T. Jett’s book should be required reading for anyone interested in the complex story of race and policing in the United States.”—Anders Walker, author of The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America
“Jett vividly illustrates the continuous maltreatment of Blacks by the criminal justice system and how African Americans responded in myriad, and at times unexpected, ways to the expansion of that system. This is important work.”—Dwight Watson, author of Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930–1990: A Change Did Come
“This is a remarkably intelligent and well-researched book that will contribute much to our understandings of the history of criminal justice in the South and urban life under Jim Crow.”—Amy Louise Wood, coeditor of Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South
Author Brandon Jett photographed by Scott Cook.

  • What: Birmingham Bound: Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South by Brandon T. Jett
  • When: Tuesday, October 26, starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • WhereVirtual—on Zoom
  • Details: Hear Brandon Jett discuss his book Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South  as he dives into the relationship between law enforcement and minorities and how African Americans influenced the police to serve their communities. Call Jim Baggett at 205-226-3631 or email at for more information. 
The Birmingham Bound author series highlights authors who use the BPL Archives to research their books.

Many writers, including historians and journalists, produced hundreds of books using the Archives' collections.

Five Pulitzer Prize recipients belong to the ranks of the Birmingham Bound. 

To participate in this virtual author talk, use this Zoom link on October 26.

For more information on this event, contact Jim Baggett at 205-226-3631 or Check out the BPL calendar to find more similar events. 

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