The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a nonfiction book by American civil rights advocate and author Michelle Alexander. This book of essays examines contemporary race-related issues in the United States, focusing on the drug war, mass incarceration, and the emergence of a new “caste system” in response to the Civil Rights Movement. This award-winning book explores the overt and underlying racism in America and the social systems that emerge from that racism.
NOTE: Citations in this Lesson Plan refer to the following version of the book: Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2012. Kindle edition.