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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Press; 1 edition (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595581030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595581037
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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"Explosive debut...alarming, provocative and convincing."
—"Kirkus Reviews"
"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 of "Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice" and "The 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 of "The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and Race, Incarceration and American Values"
"After reading "The 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 Union's gulag---the latter punished ideas, the former punishes a condition."
--David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer-prize winning historian at NYU and author of "W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963"
"We need to pay attention to Michelle Alexander's contention that mass imprisonment in the U.S. constitutes a racial caste system. Her analysis reflects the passion of an advocate and the intellect of a scholar."
--Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project, author of "Race to Incarcerate"
"A powerful analysis of why and how mass incarceration is happening in America, "The New Jim Crow" should be required reading for anyone working for real change in the criminal justice system."
--Ronald E. Hampton, Executive Director, National Black Police Association


Explosive debutalarming, provocative and convincing.
—"Kirkus Reviews"
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 of "Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice" and "The 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 of "The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and Race, Incarceration and American Values"
After reading "The 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 Union's gulag---the latter punished ideas, the former punishes a condition.
David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer-prize winning historian at NYU and author of "W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963"
"We need to pay attention to Michelle Alexander's contention that mass imprisonment in the U.S. constitutes a racial caste system. Her analysis reflects the passion of an advocate and the intellect of a scholar."
Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project, author of "Race to Incarcerate"
A powerful analysis of why and how mass incarceration is happening in America, "The New Jim Crow" should be required reading for anyone working for real change in the criminal justice system.
Ronald E. Hampton, Executive Director, National Black Police Association
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About the Author

Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, Alexander served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor, emeritus, at Princeton University and is currently Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary.
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This book is the bible and primary text of a social movement - the mass incarceration of the American black population. It is an imperative analysis as to how this democratic crisis has replaced the Jim Crow era and why it is equally discriminative, destructive and more so a strategic means of maintaining our version of a caste system. This book that will be studied long after its publication as a pioneering piece of writing that does an exhaustive job shedding light on this social epidemic. As with slavery and the Jim Crow era, future generations will ask themselves, 'how on earth did we let this happen?'

In a dauntingly stark sense, I enjoyed this book immensely as it is a beacon to those who care about the fate of our culture. It is unapologetic, objective in its research and well written, making it hard to put down. I recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in the democratic process, inequality, civility and more so what we can do to alter this insane ideology.
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The New Jim Crow’s thesis is that US corporate, government and investment elites have for centuries maintained economic hegemony by dividing the lower classes so that they could not form a unified front against their owner’s machinations. The biggest tool used for this purpose has been racial division sown through slavery, Jim Crow and now, the post Jim Crow era (“The New Jim Crow”) system. While other ethnicities were added ad-hoc, the primary targets were and are African Americans.

During each race-system era the architecture of division has been designed to create a permanent black underclass that placate poor whites with feelings of superiority and a scapegoat as. This effective plan has kept the masses from uniting by keeping them occupied struggling amongst themselves along racial lines rather than realize the true causes of their economic and political struggles.

The New Jim Crow framework is comprised of disenfranchising the black community across the spectrum of social and civic life via mass incarceration catalyzed by the War on Drugs guise. She shows how members of the black community (who are disproportionately affected by these laws, including perhaps most importantly the 1994 Crime law) are forced into pariah status after having been processed by the Justice system. This social out-casting functions at and affects interaction with all meaningful institutional private and governmental functions including education, voting and other civic duties, social safety nets, job acquisition, housing and any other systems whereby a person may participate in society. Each institution is then in turn complicit with this process.
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I found this to be a very unsettling book. Being a Jamaican-born person of African-American appearance I have no other option but to place myself in the shoes of the victims of this process. Ms.Alexander has put together a very articulate, well-researched, factual, though disturbing peace. This leaves a reader with the questions...what do I do now? What can I do?
As the reader continues through the book, he/she begins to wonder, how can I make it stop?
I hope that there will be a follow-up book that covers the recovery period for America, as this should not be the epitaph for any nation on this planet.
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Excellent book written by a lawyer. The author does an excellent job at research based facts and arguments. The US has serious pockets of corruption. I am not sure where the country is going but without a demand change from Good Americans it is likely not going to a good place.
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An exceptional well written in depth look at what is taking place within the United States today. Well Done.
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If you think we have progressed beyond racism, you are mistaken. Well-Researched and Written. If the unexamined life is not worth living, we all need to read this.
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