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New Jim Crow - 10 edition

ISBN13: 978-1595581037

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ISBN10: 1595581030
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Publisher: New Press
Published: 2010
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New Jim Crow - 10 edition

ISBN13: 978-1595581037

Michelle Alexander

ISBN13: 978-1595581037
ISBN10: 1595581030
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 10
Publisher: New Press

Published: 2010
International: No
Summary

''Michelle Alexander's brave and bold new book paints a haunting picture in which dreary felon garb, post-prison joblessness, and loss of voting rights now do the stigmatizing work once done by colored-only water fountains and legally segregated schools. With dazzling candor, Alexander argues that we all pay the cost of the new Jim Crow.'' -Lani Guinier, professor at Harvard Law School and author ofLift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social JusticeandThe Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy ''For every century there is a crisis in our democracy, the response to which defines how future generations view those who were alive at the time. In the 18th century it was the transatlantic slave trade, in the 19th century it was slavery, in the 20th century it was Jim Crow. Today it is mass incarceration. Alexander's book offers a timely and original framework for understanding mass incarceration, its roots to Jim Crow, our modern caste system, and what must be done to eliminate it. This book is a call to action.'' -Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP ''With imprisonment now the principal instrument of our social policy directed toward poorly educated black men, Michelle Alexander argues convincingly that the huge racial disparity of punishment in America is not the mere result of neutral state action. She sees the rise of mass incarceration as opening up a new front in the historic struggle for racial justice. And, she's right. If you care about justice in America, you need to read this book!'' -Glenn C. Loury, economist at Brown University and author ofThe Anatomy of Racial Inequality and Race, Incarceration and American Values ''After readingThe New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander's stunning work of scholarship, one gains the terrible realization that, for people of color, the American criminal justice system resembles the Soviet U

Author Bio

A longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Michelle Alexander won a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship and now holds a joint appointment at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. Alexander served for several years as the director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded the national campaign against racial profiling. At the beginning of her career she served as a law clerk on the United States Supreme Court for Justice Harry Blackmun. She lives outside Columbus, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 The Rebirth of Caste 20

Ch. 2 The Lockdown 58

Ch. 3 The Color of Justice 95

Ch. 4 The Cruel Hand 137

Ch. 5 The New Jim Crow 173

Ch. 6 The Fire This Time 209

Notes 249

Index 281

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