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Explore key topics in the “The Birth of Jim Crow”

Explore key topics in the “The Birth of Jim Crow” and “The Death of Jim Crow” sections of the chapter entitled “The Rebirth of Caste” in The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (30-40)

1.Write a paragraph of at least 5 lines in response to the following question(s):

According to Michelle Alexander, what was the goal of Southern “Redemption”? What were the tactics of those seeking to “redeem” the South? What were the effects of “Redemption” on Reconstruction?

2.Write a paragraph of at least 5 lines in response to the following question(s):

According to Michelle Alexander, how did the harsh enforcement of vagrancy laws threaten to place African Americans into a new form of slavery?

3.Write a paragraph of at least 5 lines in response to the following question(s):

According to Michelle Alexander, what were some areas of daily life where segregation or “Jim Crow” laws disenfranchised and discriminated against African Americans? As systems of racialized social control, what are the similarities between Jim Crow and slavery?

4.Write a paragraph of at least 5 lines in response to the following question(s):

According to Michelle Alexander, there was a contradiction between Jim Crow segregation and the opposition of the United States to the crimes of the Third Reich. What was this contradiction? In addition, how did Jim Crow segregation undermine the United States’ criticisms of communism?

5.Write a paragraph of at least 5 lines in response to the following question(s):

Describe Southern white opposition to Brown v. Board of Education and the impact of their resistance.

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