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Slavery by Another Name

2012

Documentary / History

7.7

Synopsis

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, but often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor, continuing until the era of World War II. The documentary recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted for many decades after its supposed abolition. It documents the shocking and long unacknowledged reality and the catastrophic effects of a huge system of forced labor, rooted in a corrupt criminal justice system and the widespread racism of white Americans in every region. Against the backdrop of contemporary police shooting controversies, mass incarceration and the Black Lives Matter movement, the historical evidence and interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with modern audiences. Cristina Comer, who discovered how her family profited from the system, comments that ...

Director

Sam Pollard

Cast

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 10 /10

Eye opening.....

I realize many folks here in the USA have had a lot to apologize for when it comes to how Blacks were treated over the last 400 years. Everyone here in America knows about slavery and practically everyone knows about the struggle for civil rights in the late 1950s and early 60s. However, I didn't realize quite the extent to which these people were mistreated in the post-Civil War South. I am a retired history teacher, but I didn't realize just how oppressive and evil the system was...and my guess is you'll feel the same way after watching this exceptional documentary.

It seems that in addition to the KKK, lynchings and 'Jim Crow' laws, there was another very insidious practice in the South that was the subject of this film--'Convict Leasing'. What is this? Well, it seems that Black men were routinely arrested for all sorts of petty crimes (such as the catch-all 'vagrancy' charge) and sentenced to work either on chain gangs or hired out as virtual slaves! There was really no need to prove the crimes (and in many cases, no crime was committed)--and it was a great revenue source for cash-strapped Southern states. In other words, to pave roads, increase tax revenue or to shut up some 'uppity' Blacks, these people would be arrested and forced to work without pay under conditions not much different from those during the days of slavery. Most shocking of all was the assertion in this film that a MINIMUM of 9000 such workers died while in custody! This is deplorable...and just plain evil.

One of the best ways to determine if you've seen a great documentary is if it teaches you something new AND if it energizes you or makes you angry. "Slavery By Another Name" was like a punch in the stomach--painful to watch and quick to make you react. In addition, the production values were exceptional and it's a fine film to show your kids--to show they just how far we've come since these wicked days.

By the way, one of the most interesting moments was when they interviewed a lady who was very proud of her Southern heritage--only to come face to face with the evils her family had committed. She was a brave woman for allowing herself to be interviewed in the film.

Reviewed by anitalansing-40-581915 8 /10

Profit Outweighs Humanity

This documentary is a must-see for every Black person and even non-Black people living in American today. I had no idea that after the Thirteenth Amendment was passed, Black people were continued to be brutally and viciously forced into servitude and forced labor through convict leasing and peonage.

Even though the hardship and cruelty that Black people deal with today has lessened, the racial profiling, the shooting of innocent Black men at the hands of White police, and the increasing population of Black people in prison continue to prevail.

I am going to forward the documentary link of the movie so others can know the truth of America, the land in which we live.

Reviewed by diana-y-paul 10 /10

The Re-Enslavement of African Americans

This 90-minute PBS documentary, based upon the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, eviscerates one of America's most cherished myths: the belief that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. "Slavery by Another Name" documents how thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality, sanctioned by the judicial and legislative system, and propelled by the loss of slave labor after the Civil War.

African Americans were systematically charged for petty crimes, and sentenced to hard labor working for former white slave owners. "Convict leasing" became "Slavery by Another Name", coercing African American "convicts" to work on chain-gangs and for major corporations. A form of "industrial slavery", these purported convicts, who worked on month-to-month leases, were used and disposed of at will. Moreover, the brutality imposed on "prisoners" in the last part of the 19th and first half of the 20th century was identical to that used against slaves prior to the Civil War. The mortality rate was as high as 30-40% or more. No records were kept.

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