American Policing 1800-1900: History & Politics


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Fugitive slave hunters operated in which region?

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1. Political groups sought to control the police in which region?

2. Underfunded police forces were most common in which region?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Whenever you're ready, you can take this quiz/worksheet on policing in the U.S. throughout the 1800s and 1900s. Make sure you understand topics like the area of the country where fugitive slave hunters terrorized people and the region where political groups controlled the police.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be assessed in the following areas:

  • Region of the U.S. where police forces were underfunded
  • A professional police force during the 1800s
  • Future U.S. President who sought to clean up the New York Police Department

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you understand the most important information from the lesson on policing during the 1800s and 1900s in America, including the area of the U.S. where police were heavily underfunded
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a professional police force during a majority of the 1800s and the region of the country where fugitive slave hunters operated
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the part of the country where the police were mostly controlled by political groups

Additional Learning

Find out more about a history of the police in the lesson called American Policing 1800-1900: History & Politics. These topics will be the focal points:

  • Law enforcement in the slave states
  • Municipal police forces that developed around 1850
  • Police corruption
  • Role of private policing agencies