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Kenneth W. Warren – Race to Nowhere

When black progressives today think about the Civil War, they are often more struck by what didn’t happen than what did. Michelle Alexander’s much-lauded The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a case in point. Citing W. E. B. Du Bois’s lament that “former slaves had ‘a brief moment in the sun’ before they were returned to …