- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385722702
- ISBN-13: 978-0385722704
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 361 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Reprint Edition
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Starred Review. Wall Street Journal bureau chief Blackmon gives a groundbreaking and disturbing account of a sordid chapter in American history—the lease (essentially the sale) of convicts to commercial interests between the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th. Usually, the criminal offense was loosely defined vagrancy or even changing employers without permission. The initial sentence was brutal enough; the actual penalty, reserved almost exclusively for black men, was a form of slavery in one of hundreds of forced labor camps operated by state and county governments, large corporations, small time entrepreneurs and provincial farmers. Into this history, Blackmon weaves the story of Green Cottenham, who was charged with riding a freight train without a ticket, in 1908 and was sentenced to three months of hard labor for Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel. Cottenham's sentence was extended an additional three months and six days because he was unable to pay fines then leveraged on criminals. Blackmon's book reveals in devastating detail the legal and commercial forces that created this neoslavery along with deeply moving and totally appalling personal testimonies of survivors. Every incident in this book is true, he writes; one wishes it were not so. (Mar.)
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“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
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The abuses and beatings were brutal. Numerous Afro-Americans were beaten to death, buried in unmarked graves, and lost forever to their families. The beatings and torture was worse than what was conducted under slavery before the Civil War. Prior to the Civil War slaves were expensive for a plantation owner replace, so beatings at least did not result in death. During this period purchasing an Afro-American was cheap so it did not matter whether an individual died. Other incarcerated Afro-Americans were intimidated, and another person would be arrested and purchased at little cost.
In Douglas Blackmon’s closing he argues it is a misnomer to call this period the Jim Crow era. Blackmon rightfully suggests the label Age of Neo-slavery.
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