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The New Jim Crow Lesson Plan

Introduction to The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow was first published in 2010 and became a phenomenon. It argues that the current system of mass incarceration is the same as a racial caste system, like the Jim Crow system that followed Reconstruction. In other words, she argues that mass incarceration disproportionately affects people of color in a way that makes them second-class citizens. Throughout the text, she carefully lays out her argument by showing the similarities and differences between the old Jim Crow and the new Jim Crow. She also provides historical context for how slavery led to the old Jim Crow which led to the new Jim Crow. She strings connections between those three eras. She also speaks directly to...

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