Remember that revisions are always welcome, but are also OPTIONAL!
CONTEMPORARY ISSUE: In his State of the Union address...President Obama celebrated the fact 'that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together.'"
WHY QUESTION: Why does the USA incarcerate such a high percentage of its population, despite falling crime rates?
- Crime surged during an era of social upheaval (historical look-back)
- The federal government got more involved in local law enforcement.
- A War on Drugs was launched.
- Politicians changed sentencing laws.
- More?? Others?
TONIGHT: at Evanston Township High School, Monday, March 23, 7PM
What advice would you give this boy to help him fit in to American society?
Recall that approximately 400,000 enslaved persons traveled from Africa to what would become the United States. The United States was the only slave society in which that population increased naturally (to 4,000,000). How did the "manufacture" of sugar play a role in this forced migration?
Think about the connections between this Cold War event and the "paginas en blanco" mentioned in Oscar Wao.