Lesson 1 (from Preface and Introduction)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a nonfiction book focusing on the racial motivations and impacts of the U.S. War on Drugs. Author Michelle Alexander takes the reader from the age of slavery to the present, examining and correlating different methods of social control used to oppress African Americans and relegate them as second-class citizens. In this lesson students will: read the Introduction; research author Michelle Alexander and the history of voting rights for African Americans; and discuss perceptions of racism, colorblindness, and the criminal justice system in America today.
Research Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on author Michelle Alexander and the history of voting rights for African Americans. When were African Americans granted the right to vote? What stipulations or regulations often prevented them from doing so?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.9, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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