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

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The New Press, 2020 M01 7

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

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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I recommend this book. If you want to educate yourself on the Jim crow laws of today the author in my opinion did an excellent job explaining the events. Michelle Alexander is an excellent writer. I ... Read full review

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Mass Incarceration, Mass Incarceration, Mass Incarceration! This book has important information but it was SO redunctant I lost patience! I feel like everything that was said in the book was covered in the prologue and I didn't need the rest of the book. Read full review

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About the author (2020)

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. The author of The New Jim Crow and The New Jim Crow: Young Readers’ Edition (both from The New Press), she lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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