Slavery By Another Name

“[In the Spring of 1921, John S.] Williams [became] the first Southern white man since 1877 to be indicted for the first degree murder of an African American; it would not happen again until 1966.”

— Slavery By Another Name (PBS 2012).



Slavery by Another Name “resets” our national clock with a singular astonishing fact: Slavery in America didn’t end 150 years ago, with Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, the film illuminates how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, persisting until the onset of World War II.


“As late as 1930, roughly half of all African Americans, or 4.8 million people still lived in the Black Belt region of the South. The vast majority were almost certainly trapped in some form of exploitative labor arrangement.”

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