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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Edition

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Karen Chilton

16 Hours 56 Minutes

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April 2012

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Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award; and it has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander's unforgettable argument that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is "undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S." Now, ten years after it was first published, The New Press is proud to issue a tenth-anniversary edition with a new preface by Michelle Alexander that discusses the impact the book has had and the state of the criminal justice reform movement today.

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    This was eye opening, and very informative. It was a hard core truth that was very hard to swallow at times!!

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  • Connie Rickett

    Well written and well narrated. A must read for anyone who cares about equal rights and justice.

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  • Dayon H

    Excellent read about the history of Jim Crow and also another look at America with there modern new Jim crow.

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  • Anonymous

    An eye-opening list of the past and present.

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  • Anonymous

    Mind boggling! A life changing gift from an absolutely incredible person as she discovers the latest chapter in the sorry history of race relations in our country. Not to be missed if you are interested in how we need to finally move beyond the racism that for centuries has been one of the foundational building blocks of our country.

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  • Damon P.

    A must read.

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  • Bailey Judie

    This is an amazing book I wrote down so many quotes from this book I recommend a good read!!

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  • James S.

    As a white male police officer of 32 years, this book needs to be part of law enforcement training.

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  • Kim M.

    I had so many “so that’s why” moments. I have truly been enlightened.

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  • Chris Kraisser

    It's an eye-opener for sure to see how the mass incarceration system is a caste system for black and brown people. We tend to know these things, but let them fade too far into the background.

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