Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Dennis Boutsikaris (born December 21, 1952) is an American two-time Obie-Award winning character actor. He is a Broadway Actor and frequent television guest star and leading man in made-for-TV movies. He is also an Audie Award winning narrator of audiobooks.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B001NLKT24
- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint edition (December 27, 2008)
- Publication date : December 27, 2008
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Slavery was not abolished. It was simply (and predictably) replaced by an even more devastating system of legal, codified oppression that made the incarceration of "free" black men, a desirable and profitable practice, and a central component of economic prosperity for white businesses. "Laws" were created specifically to fine and arrest black men so their "debt" could be sold to white businesses who would in turn use the men as forced laborers. The demand for this cheap labor was insatiable. Black men were arrested for "talking too loud" in front of a white woman, or being "disrespectful". Many were arrested without even being charged - that's how blatant the practice was. Vagrancy laws were also created and used for the sole purpose of "rounding up" as many black men as possible to feed this new system of slavery. Many of these men died working in unspeakably brutal conditions in mines, foundries, plantations, and railroads. This system was a brutal manifestation of how whites viewed blacks, a view that, like it or not, is still at the core of American consciousness.
This book is a painful, depressing, but necessary read. It should be required reading in high school and college.
I have this book four stars, because of comments made about the Holocaust. The rich Jew trope reflects classic Anti-Judaism rhetoric. A very small number of the Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust were wealthy. Most had lived in abject poverty for centuries. The author really needs to study the history of Jews to see even more shades of slavery.
We have all heard opinions by many that because the Civil War freed African-Americans from the yoke of slavery and while Jim Crow and other segregationist laws may have hindered their civil rights, black Americans nevertheless enjoyed the basic rights to make a living and improve their circumstances. This book certainly puts the lie to those opinions, at least in the states of the old Confederacy. As the very title of the book implies, white Southerners refused to allow African Americans to become their equals. In a forced labor system no different except in name from slavery, the South actively permitted African Americans to be charged and convicted of minor criminal offenses, often trumped-up (alleged vagrancy, speaking to white women, etc.), and then essentially sold into slavery by the states or counties to corporations and individuals to allegedly pay off their fines. Due to the profitability of the corrupt system, sheriffs and so-called justices of the peace often even kidnapped young black men who committed no crimes so the so-called law enforcement officers could receive their kickbacks when the men were sold or traded in bondage.
The conditions in the mines, factories, plantations, etc. where these men worked were horrifying. They were given scant medical treatment, were starved, whipped, water-tortured, shot, burned alive, and went through other forms of torture. Many died in truly horrendous safety conditions in the mines. I challenge anyone to read this book and claim their situation was anything other than slavery. Numerous murdered black men simply vanished without a trace without any accountability. The author’s reference to the fact that only one white man in Georgia between 1867 and 1966 was ever convicted of murdering a black man (recall also the history of lynching in that state) is proof positive of the epidemic racism in the state.
Whenever these conditions were the subject of public scrutiny, although there was initial public outrage by some (countered by outright denial by others), most Southerners seemed content to sweep the matter under the rug and decline lasting and effective oversight or reform. Even more disappointing was the proclivity of many Northerners to look the other way, believing black Americans to be second-class citizens. Only the onset of WWII caused the federal government to finally act in a decisive way to end what was almost an 80-year extension of slavery following the Civil War.
The author deserves many accolades for bringing these events to our attention. He believes this period of time should be referred to as the Age of Neoslavery. Given the passage of time since the publication of this book and the fact that this term has not caught on, I am afraid that our ephemeral historical memories have glided past this fascinating book.
Two quibbles. I thought the section dealing with the end of this forced labor system was a bit abbreviated and deserved more attention. Also, the very many instances of horror related in the book piled one atop of the other perhaps could have been edited down. Or in doing so, am I asking that individual stories of men undergoing horror should be swept aside?
An outstanding and informative book dealing with one of the worst injustices in our history. We should be ashamed but never forget.