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The New Jim Crow? Recovering the Progressive Origins of Mass Incarceration


Anders Walker


Saint Louis University - School of Law

March 6, 2014

Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Forthcoming
Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper 2014-8

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This article revisits the claim that mass incarceration constitutes a new form of racial segregation, or Jim Crow. Drawing from historical sources, it demonstrates that proponents of the analogy miss an important commonality between the two phenomena, namely the debt that each owe to progressive and/or liberal politics. Though generally associated with repression and discrimination, both Jim Crow and mass incarceration owe their existence in part to enlightened reforms aimed at promoting black interests; albeit with perverse results. Recognizing the aspirational origins of systematic discrimination marks an important facet of comprehending the persistence of racial inequality in the United States.

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Keywords: race, segregation, Jim Crow, new Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, incarceration

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Date posted: March 7, 2014 ; Last revised: April 3, 2014

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Walker, Anders, The New Jim Crow? Recovering the Progressive Origins of Mass Incarceration (March 6, 2014). Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Forthcoming; Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper 2014-8. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2405507

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Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )
100 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
United States

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