Slavery by Another Name: The History of Exploitation of Black Labor

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April Taylor

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II was originally a book by Douglas A. Blackmon that tells the story of how black men and women were placed back into slavery conditions through the convict lease system used by state and local governments, white farmers, and corporations after the Civil War.  The book highlights the little known fact that slavery did not in fact end with the Civil War; it simply morphed into a different form.

The book became a New York Times Best Seller and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2009. The award committee referred to the book as “a precise and eloquent work that examines a deliberate system of racial suppression and that rescues a multitude of atrocities from virtual obscurity.”

In 2011, the book was adapted into a 90 minute documentary by PBS entitled Slavery By Another Name.  It originally aired in February 2012 and was produced by Catherine Allan and Blackmon, the books original author.  The film is narrated by Laurence Fishburne and premiered as a competitor at the Sundance Film Festival.

The New York Times review of the film pointed out that “by filling in an overlooked part of black history, this sobering film enhances our understanding of why race issues have proved so intractable.”

The book and films contribution to understanding the current existence of the prison industrial complex and it’s roots in slavery is an integral piece to understanding why racial suppression is just as much a part of America’s current reality as it was it’s past.

To watch the film and understand why the conversation about race and exploitation is not over, watch the full documentary below.  For more information on the book, click here

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  2. Watching this documentary made me sick to my stomach..what Blacks had to endure. And how Whites feel we don’t deserve reparations based on the lies and fantasies they have perpetuated to continue to hold us back since slavery. This hate and drive to keep us beneath them could no way be remedied by the few Affirmative Action years.
    We have to lobby and fight for reparations..true reparations to make us whole. I have read some stupid Blacks echo Whites in saying we have received reparations through welfare, food stamps, and other entitlements. What fools.

    • Your so right, this is what we should show up on the doors of congress at least 20 x’s a year to demand repayment for our ancestors free labour and the destruction of our own socioeconomic equality.

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  6. Thanks Mr. Syas I shall be ordering the book today, provided that finances will allow. I now have a book budged set aside for such purposes. Rice and Beans for knowledge; or steaks for ignorance. I guess it is a choice of priorities. Rice and Beans it is. I am presently engaged in: The Arrogance of Race By George M. Fredrickson, which touches on the subject in detail with a an index loaded and footnotes page for each chapter. Many of us are unaware that the Emancipation and Abolitionist Movement was for colonization of the Negro Race to South America, or that the Emancipation of the Negro was not the original intent, but we became simply the benefactors of liberating the Caucasian Southerner and the Economy from the pillage of Slavery under the articles of containment and gradual Emancipation and relocation of the Negro Race from American Shores.

    A costly venture but the railroads and infrastructure were being built to deport the Negro from the face of the United States. President Lincoln had a meeting with a group of Negro Freemen who were to spearhead this movement and become the New Slave aristocracy. Many of them were complicit in putting down the fist large slave revolt in American History Known as the Sugar Revolt or the Louisianan Slave Revolt of 1811. Louisianan at that time had some 20+ thousand of the richest and educated of the Negro's slave and plantation owners in the United States.

    The deportation and colonization of the Negro and removal of them from the American Soil were to be accomplished in phases, provided that the Southern States of North Carolina and South Carolina would agree an end to slavery in phased Emancipation. The only thing that stop this elaborate plan was those states insistence on expansion of the institution of slavery into the new territory of the United States and succession from the Union.

    The Civil War ended all attempts at such colonization. The amazing thing is that for those Indians, Mexicans and other nations of color who refused to leave this country, extermination or what was called fossilization would be their consequences. When Adolf Hitler said that he would follow the example, in removing the Jews from Germany – the American example for the Negro Race, this is what he was talking about, and this is why American didn't enter the war, until after following this statement. Hitler had to be silenced on the history of the Negro in America.

    A history of American many of us don't want to know and the Government has hidden for a long time. Fredrick Douglas who understood America remarked in his writing about President Lincoln and his attitude following the meeting of Negroes at the White House summed up the presidents feeling and intentions " A MAN BUT NOT MY BROTHER.

    A fascinating history of America.

  7. An absolute must read! The parallels between slavery & the “modern” prison industrial complex are striking & shocking. Everyone Black person with a son/nephew/friend in America should read this, and make your son/nephew/friend(s) read it as well. It should make every Black parent in America do whatever they can to stop feeding the prison industry with our sons!

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  9. We need to keep our eyes on the practices they're using today. Don't think this nonsense has gone away. It's just changed forms.

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  11. This makes me so angry! I have become a scholar in Slavery and want all of my people to see this and understand how we came to the point in history we are now in. We are the only people mandated into slavery. This is a major injustice and we all need to come together to get what is rightly ours! Jews talk about their Holocaust that lasted maybe 14 years total, ours has lasted hundreds of years and they don’t want to give us shit! They owe their wealth and power to us. We need to get what’s ours!

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