Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (Paperback)

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In this well researched book the author explodes the myth that slavery ended with the end of the Civil War. Blackmon details the evolution of neo-slavery, which is some cases becomes industrial slavery, after the Civil War and Reconstruction. White southerners developed laws, fines and other forms of debt to imprison and oppress former slaves and their descendants.  Trumped up vagrancy laws were created and prisoners were leased out to plantations, mines, lumber camps, factories, and railroads. This involuntary servitude wasn’t abolished until 1951. US Steel was a major beneficiary of this neo-slavery. Every American should read this book as we seek to remedy the abuses of the age of neo-slavery and its long-term impacts.
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the “Age of Neoslavery,” the American period following the Emancipation Proclamation in which convicts, mostly black men, were “leased” through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments.

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.

About the Author

A native of Leland, Mississippi, Doug Blackmon is the Wall Street Journal's Atlanta Bureau Chief. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and their two children.

Praise For…

“Shocking. . . . Eviscerates one of our schoolchildren's most basic assumptions: that slavery in America ended with the Civil War.” —The New York Times

“An astonishing book. . . . It will challenge and change your understanding of what we were as Americans-and of what we are.” —Chicago Tribune

“The genius of Blackmon's book is that it illuminates both the real human tragedy and the profoundly corrupting nature of the Old South slavery as it transformed to establish a New South social order.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A formidably researched, powerfully written, wrenchingly detailed narrative.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385722704
ISBN-10: 0385722702
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: January 13th, 2009
Pages: 496
Language: English