This week you are required to watch the documentary 13th. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores how the 13th Amendment of the U.S Constitution has played a role in the mass incarceration of African Americans within the United States of America. You will have a discussion board
DUE NEXT WEEK based on this documentary. Please review the PowerPoint slides to help with the set up of the film. I will also include questions below for you to think about while watching the film.

In the field of sociology, we strive to try and get a better understanding of general patterns in the behavior of individuals and how is it that society shapes what people think and do. The rationale behind having you watch this film is for you to view how social institutions play a very influential part in our society and in our own lives. Often times, the actions, or as in the case in this film, the passage of amendments by social institutions can have detrimental effects on peoples lives.

Questions:

What social institutions are being discussed?

What role has the 13th Amendment had in the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans in the U.S?

How have you been socialized to view prisons and people convicted of crimes?

Thirteenth Amendment Documentary (Links to an external site.)

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