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Slavery by Another Name

Slavery by Another Name

Author: Douglas Blackmon

Year Published: 2008

Description: The specter of decades of racial injustice hangs heavy in Douglas Blackmon’s expose, which throws back the curtain of traditional tellings of American history to reveal the “Age of Neoslavery.” From the end of the Civil War to the start of World War II, newly freed people were systematically channeled back into forms of involuntary servitude, as detailed in the personal narratives and original documents Blackmon lays out. Practices like the mass arrests of black men for “vagrancy” and the prison labor system, where companies could rent prisoners to break strikes, recreated a slavery that was “embraced by the U.S. economic system and abided at all levels of government.”

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'Repeatedly, the timing and scale of surges in arrests appeared more attuned to rises and dips in the need for cheap labor than any demonstrable acts of crime.' 

Slavery by Another Name


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