• By Southside Library
  • Posted Monday, January 28, 2013

Black History Month Film February 12--Slavery by Another Name

Tuesday, February 12 6:30 pm. Southside Library Auditorium. For more information, please call 703-2985.

Southside Library observes Black History Month 2013 with a screening of the Sundance 2012 selection, Slavery by Another Name, based on the Pulitzer-prize winning book by author Douglas A. Blackmon.

Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of American’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century, until 1945.

For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today. The program also features interviews with Douglas A. Blackmon, and with leading scholars of this period, including Mary Ellen Curtin, Pete Daniel, Risa Goluboff, Adam Green, and Khalil Muhammad.

Learn more at the program's website.

Image and press materials courtesy TPT St. Paul/Minneapolis.

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