Get news about History books, authors, and more. Eviscerates one of our schoolchildren’s most basic assumptions: that slavery in America ended with the Civil War.”. “The genius of Blackmon’s book is that it illuminates both the real human tragedy and the profoundly. Views 4MB Size Report. DOWNLOAD PDF Slavery by Another Name is a passionate, highly impressive and hugely important book." —David J. Garrow. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II · Read more · Rose By Any Other Name. Read more.

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Slavery By Another Name – by Douglas. A Blackmon. The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. This Pulitzer Prizewinning. Slavery by Another Name: Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. “The South deluded itself with the illusion that the Negro was . “Slavery by Another Name”. Thursday, February 11, at pm. Room A. This film, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Douglas A.

Slavery By Another Name

The roles of elected officials in acknowledging and stopping this new slavery are a crucial part of Mr. Needless to say, it is complicated.

The book describes the investigation authorized by the Justice Department, the trial of accused slave traders and the aggressive stance taken by Warren S. Reese Jr.

Those charges turned out not to be applicable in Alabama. And in another such case, lawyers would argue that the charge should instead be involuntary servitude.

So imagining Mr. It exposes what has been a mostly unexplored aspect of American history though there have been dissertations and a few books from academic presses. It creates a broad racial, economic, cultural and political backdrop for events that have haunted Mr.

Blackmon and will now haunt us all. And it need not exaggerate the hellish details of intense racial strife.

Advertisement The torment that Mr. Blackmon structures his narrative around a young African-American man named Green Cottenham; though the records of Cottenham's life are incomplete, Blackmon says that "the absence of his voice rests at the center of this book. The state of Alabama rented Cottenham as a laborer to a coal mine owned by U.

Steel Corporation , where he died. As context, Blackmon describes the beginnings of "industrial slavery", [9] in which convict laborers were put to work in factories or mines rather than cotton fields.

Though slaves were formally emancipated by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution following the Civil War, after Reconstruction, white-dominated Southern state legislatures passed Black Codes , "an array of interlocking laws essentially intended to criminalize black life", [10] to restrict the economic independence of blacks and provide pretexts for jail terms.

Blacks were often unable to pay even small fees and were sentenced to labor as a result; convicts were leased to plantations , lumber camps , and mines to be used for forced labor.

Slavery By Another Name

Brown , former governor of Georgia, amassed great wealth based on his use of convict labor in his Dade Coal Company mines and other enterprises, from to But such efforts received little support nationally and none in the South, which had disenfranchised most blacks to exclude them from the political system.

Northern attention was focused on immigration and World War I.

The convict lease system finally ended with the advent of World War II. National and presidential attention was focused on racial issues because of the need for national unity and mobilization of the military. This book is not a call for financial reparations. Instead, I hope it is a formidable plea for a resurrection and fundamental reinterpretation of a tortured chapter in the collective American past.

It will challenge and change your understanding of what we were as Americans - and of what we are. I cannot recommend it to you highly enough.

Fitzhugh Brundage wrote in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education that Blackmon deserves high praise for this deeply moving and troubling history. He especially deserves praise for teasing out the largest implications of his research. He aptly, and carefully, draws parallels between the corporate responsibility of companies that exploited slave labor in Nazi Germany and that of southerners who bought convict labor. Paying more attention to the considerable presence of involuntary servitude in African-American literature and intellectual history, reaching back to Charles Chesnutt and Paul Laurence Dunbar , would have helped".On April 9, , Gen.

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The slaves drained water from the shafts by carrying buckets up to the surface. Already, weather and uselessness were doing the shacks in.

In the early years, they imported them to Alabama and later bred more themselves—including Henry —from the African stock they bought at auction or from peripatetic slave peddlers who arrived unbidden in springtime with traces of ragged, shackled black men and women, carrying signs advertising "Negroes for Sale.

In Louisiana, a handful of black freedmen owned dozens of slaves. In only Tredegar Iron Works, a vast industrial enterprise in Richmond, Virginia, driven by more than slaves and nearly as many free laborers, could produce battle-ready cannon for the South.

Charity would stay with Scip until the end of his long life, deep into the years of emancipation, and for nearly twenty years bear to him sons and daughters with the regularity of cotton bolls and swollen spring streams. It is certain that the forces will work way South and destroy the valuable works in Central Alabama….