Saturday, December 24, 2011

Slavery by Another Name Comes to PBS in 2012

In 2012, a documentary based on Douglas A. Blackmon's Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Slavery By Another Name, will premier on PBS. The book documents the systematic re-enslavement of many African-Americans in prisons in the American South from the Civil War to World War II. Blackmon, a white journalist, calls this form of slavery "neoslavery" and says that slavery technically did not end until 1942, according to a 2009 article by Aberjhani written after Blackmon won the Pulitzer.

From Blackmon's website:
[The book] challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.
Read more about this film at Shadow and Act, and learn more about the book at the author's website.


le0pard13 said...

Thanks for the heads up, Nordette. I am very interested in seeing this.

CCGroovy!!! said...


Will be on the look-out for this.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family!!!

steveburks said...

I've thought that some aspects of slavery as a system didn't end until 1964 (Civil Rights Act passed), so I can appreciate the topic of this doc.