Slavery was not an aberration of a new society, but was central to the shaping of the United States. The establishment of Jim Crow laws and lynching continued the degradation and violence against African-Americans that is central to our society. Then, as Michelle Alexander shows us in her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness, these links of oppression held firm between Jim Crow and our massive prison system, which locks up astounding numbers of African-Americans. In this poster, the auction block, the hangman’s noose, and prison bars are linked as they are in reality. We need to break those links.