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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- ASIN : B001NLKT24
- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint edition (December 27, 2008)
- Publication date : December 27, 2008
- Language : English
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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.
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!
By Vonnie and Bert Schoneveld on August 20, 2018