The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Paperback)

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This is a disturbing examination of what the author describes as a deliberate campaign to perpetuate the same kind of repressions upon African Americans that was practiced more brazenly during the slavery era and the Jim Crow period that followed it. The disproportionate incarceration of black men for drug related crimes and the restrictions placed upon them after release has succeeded in disenfranchising them from society and severely limiting opportunities to better their lives. America, she argues convincingly, will reap a bitter harvest.

Alden Graves

Easily one of the most important books of the last decade. Michelle Alexander explains the system of mass incarceration that disproportionately targets black men and functions in our colorblind society as an often overlooked method of racial control. This well-written, eye-opening argument is required reading.

— Marisa Langlois

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." This immensely topical book examines this old adage and discusses how, through the War on Drugs, mass incarceration and underfunded communities, the USA continues to segregate and marginalize black Americans. A powerful first book that will challenge your image of race in America.

— Northshire Staff

This book is a gamechanger for anyone trying to understand just how insidiously racist the criminal justice system is in the US. As a legal scholar, Alexander skillfully lays out the figures in a digestible format. Moreover, the book brings the concept of colorblindness under the microscope, examining the ways it has been used on a societal scale to undercut and quash antiracist mobilizing since the Civil Rights Movement. — Maya Bon

March 2010 Indie Next List

“In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander tirelessly researches both the legal history of America's Jim Crow past and the current legal policies that contribute to the mass incarceration of black people. The text adds significantly to scholarship that contextualizes rates of incarceration among blacks and critiques of social and economic inequality.”
— Bruce Smith, Colorado State University Bookstore, Fort Collins, CO


Named one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century by Entertainment Weekly' Slate' Chronicle of Higher Education' Literary Hub, Book Riot' and Zora

A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller--one of the most influential books of the past 20 years, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education--with a new preface by the author

It is in no small part thanks to Alexander's account that civil rights organizations such as Black Lives Matter have focused so much of their energy on the criminal justice system.
--Adam Shatz, London Review of Books

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.

About the Author

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. She is a former Ford Foundation Senior Fellow and Soros Justice Fellow, has clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, and has run the ACLU of Northern California's Racial Justice Project. Alexander is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and an opinion columnist for the New York Times. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620971932
ISBN-10: 1620971933
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English