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NCJ Number: 137179 Find in a Library
Title: Nation of Lords: The Autobiography of the Vice Lords
Author(s): D Dawley
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 221
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88133-628-9
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Type: Biography
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Written by a young, white New Englander who moved to Lawndale on Chicago's West Side in the 1960's to become the only white Vice Lord, a violent black street gang. This book documents how the gang moved from the behaviors of the typical gang to become a force for positive development in the community.
Abstract: At its peak in the 1960's, the Vice Lords had approximately 10,000 members in at least 26 branches on Chicago's West Side. This book describes how the Lords relentlessly terrorized the black residents of Lawndale with harassment, murder, and gang warfare organized along military lines. The gang existed to manifest power over other gangs through violence, to bolster the self-esteem of members, and to justify doing and taking whatever struck the fancy of gang members. The author recounts how during his 2 years with the gang, his community-organizing skills helped the gang to become a community organization committed to improvement in the quality of community life. Although no formal evaluation was conducted of the gang's impact on the community, the results were clear; there was less crime, fewer homicides, "grass where there was glass," and storefront programs that served the community. Residents walked the streets freely, business owners appreciated safer streets, and young men dared to dream of a better life for themselves and their community.
Main Term(s): Juvenile gang behavior patterns
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Community resources; Illinois
Note: Second Edition
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