The New Jim Crow

Bill Clinton Character Analysis

Born in Arkansas in 1946, Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 as the 42nd President of the United States. A Democrat, Clinton is largely associated with centrist policies that sought to fuel economic growth and increase global stability. In The New Jim Crow, Alexander focuses on Clinton’s controversial welfare reform efforts and escalation of the War on Drugs. Alexander argues that Clinton is responsible for increasing the suffering of poor, black, and/or incarcerated people by draining support for social welfare and exaggerating the cruelty of the “tough” approach to criminal justice.

Bill Clinton Quotes in The New Jim Crow

The The New Jim Crow quotes below are all either spoken by Bill Clinton or refer to Bill Clinton. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the New Press edition of The New Jim Crow published in 2012.
Chapter 1 Quotes

During Clinton's tenure, Washington slashed funding for public housing by $17 billion (a reduction of 61 percent) and boosted corrections by $19 billion (an increase of 171 percent), “effectively making the construction of prisons the nation's main housing program for the urban poor.”

Related Characters: Bill Clinton
Page Number: 57
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Bill Clinton Character Timeline in The New Jim Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Bill Clinton appears in The New Jim Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste
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The Illusion of Progress Theme Icon
Racial Castes, Stereotypes, and Hierarchies Theme Icon
Violence, Surveillance, and Social Control Theme Icon
Myth, Dishonesty, and Conspiracy Theme Icon
...control of the criminal justice system.” On the other hand, both Republicans and Democrats—including newly-elected President Bill Clinton —continued to advocate a “tough on crime” approach. Clinton helped to pass the federal “three... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Cruel Hand
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Violence, Surveillance, and Social Control Theme Icon
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...people were re-enslaved by being thrown into prison or otherwise roped into forced labor. Additionally, Bill Clinton ’s welfare reform legislation includes a clause stating that those who have been convicted of... (full context)