Characters

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow. Alexander graduated from Vanderbilt University and, inspired by the influential civil rights lawyers of the 1950s and 1960s, attended Stanford Law School and become a civil rights attorney. (Read our extended character analysis of Michelle Alexander.)

Barack Obama

Barack Obama was the forty-fourth president of the United States. In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander evaluates Barack Obama’s presidency both in terms of his approach toward mass incarceration and his symbolic significance as the nation’s first black president. (Read our extended character analysis of Barack Obama.)

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton was the forty-second president of the United States. Despite being a Democrat, Clinton used the same racially-charged rhetoric that had proved so successful for past...

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