On this day in 1939, Edwin Sutherland coined the term “white-collar criminal” in a speech to the American Sociological Association. This resulted in a fundamental change in the study of crime.
Often dubbed the “Dean of Criminology,” Sutherland claimed that the conventional wisdom about crime was erroneous for the reason that it merely explained the crime of lower classes.
He was influenced by Broadway Jones, a fast-talking Chicago con man, who regaled the professor with stories of his exploits.
Source: The Examiner