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Slavery and the Origins of the American Police State

From the beginning, some Americans have been able to move more freely than others

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They were called patrollers or, variously, “paterollers,” “paddyrollers,” or “patterolls,” and they were meant to be part of the solution to Colonial America’s biggest problem, labor. Unlike Great Britain, which had a large, basically…

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