The Political Shift from Civil Rights to Mass Incarceration

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The Political Shift from Civil Rights to Mass Incarceration
As early as the 1970s, there was a shift in the political narrative between the Civil Rights era and the era of mass incarceration. Here I look at how that narrative shifted through both Republican and Democratic administrations.

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1. Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,
p. 59.
2. Barbara Ehrenreich, The Atlantic, “It Is Expensive to Be Poor,” January 13, 2014.
Accessed May 22, 2016 from
3. Manny Marable, Racializing Justice, Disenfranchising Lives: The Racism, Criminal
Justice, and Law Reader, p. 29.
4. Democracy Now! “Cornel West and Carl Dix on Race and Politics in the Age of Obama,”
July 22, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2016 from

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