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The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

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This groundbreaking book examines the rise of mass incarceration and its disproportionate targeting of Black men resulting in a new racial caste system in the U.S.

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The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

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Slavery in the United States was formally abolished in 1865. So why is it that today, over 150 years later, a shockingly large portion of America's Black population remains behind bars?

Award-winning writer, professor, legal scholar, and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander has been a leading voice on issues of race in the U.S. In this damning analysis of the criminal justice system, Alexander examines the policies and structures that created the prison industrial complex, arguing that the carceral system is akin to modern day slavery.

Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century, The New Jim Crow, published in 2012, demonstrates how the racial caste system at the heart of the War on Drugs underlies the ethos of mass incarceration; a targeted effort that has devastated Black communities.

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"Hundreds of years ago, our nation put those considered less than human in shackles; less than one hundred years ago, we relegated them to the other side of town; today we put them in cages."

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The New Jim Crow

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