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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This groundbreaking historical expose unearths the lost stories of enslaved persons and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter in “The Age of Neoslavery.”
By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented Pulitzer Prize-winning 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.
Following the Emancipation Proclamation, convicts—mostly black men—were “leased” through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments. Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history.
“An astonishing book. . . . It will challenge and change your understanding of what we were as Americans—and of what we are.” —Chicago Tribune
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- ASIN : B001NLKT24
- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint edition (December 27, 2008)
- Publication date : December 27, 2008
- Language : English
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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.
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.
As an elementary school teacher (35 years with a master’s degree) and coming from a family of educators (father, mother, uncle, sister, and both brothers) I always knew history was skewed, less then accurate, and incomplete, favoring the “White” man, the religious proselytizers, or the victor of battles! It is just the way it is.
So, this book, although difficult to read and redundant at times, is eye opening and important in this time of social injustice (BLM) and strife! As I mentioned above history is skewed and terribly incomplete and this book is a start at recognizing the past and teaching our children about the truth and how look at historical written works.
Open your eyes.... read this and other books like this because there is always two sides to history!
This book brings to light in painstaking detail how the South got around the abolition of slavery. The end of the Freedmen’s Bureau and the subsequent removal of Union Troops from the South in 1877 signaled the beginning of the Post-Reconstruction South. This change would lead to events that would have negative consequences with respect to the now free black population. This would later be exacerbated by the terrible ruling in the landmark 1896 United States Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson. With its separate but equal doctrine, it reaffirmed the Jim Crow segregation laws that had been passed by the Post-Reconstruction south.
The problems in the South were manifold. The biggest question was who were going to work on the plantations? Who were going to work the jobs that whites shunned? The South muddled along until Post-Reconstruction, and then the idea of convict leasing came into play with the collusion of law enforcement, the judiciary, and local and state officials.
What the 13th Amendment, enacted in 1865, had expressly forbidden was brought in through the back door, once the front door was barred. The only difference was that it was now called convict leasing, a practice that would continue in the South in til well into the 20th century and the passage of the Civil Right Law of 1964.
This book details how black people lived during this time, how convict leasing worked, the roundups of the black population when labor was needed, and the corruption of the penal system. Thus, a dual system of justice was born in the South: one for blacks and one for whites, and never the twain would meet. This book explains who was impacted by it, the human tragedy of it, how and why it was allowed to proliferate, who profited, and what measures were taken to curtail it, only to see those efforts stonewalled and thwarted.
This reprehensible practice was yet another blight on these United States. The human tragedy of it all was staggering. Yet, the thinking that was in play then, still has cultural remnants of it in our criminal justice system today. It also severely hampered the economic and social progress of the black population in many respects.
This really is an eye-opening look at our history, one that has been found wanting in many respects. This exhaustive work on these complex issues is a superlative expose’ of a little known segment of American history, one that has now been brought forth into the light and examined by this very thoughtful author. It is a part of history with which more people should be conversant, if only to get a better understanding of these United States.