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Slavery by Another Name (2012)

A documentary that recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition.


Samuel D. Pollard


Sheila Curran Bernard, Anne Seidlitz (contributing writer)
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Credited cast:
Laurence Fishburne ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Turron Kofi Alleyne ... John Davis
Douglas A. Blackmon Douglas A. Blackmon ... Historian
Mary Ellen Curtin Mary Ellen Curtin ... Historian
Pete Daniels Pete Daniels ... Historian
James Grossman James Grossman ... Himself
Shane Guilbeau ... Untitled
Tyler Hollinger ... Warren Reese
Curt Karibalis Curt Karibalis ... Judge Thomas Goode Jones
David Levering Lewis David Levering Lewis ... Historian
Tom Martin ... James Kennedy
Khalil Gibran Muhammad Khalil Gibran Muhammad ... Historian
Mike Parker ... John Pace
Alesha Renee ... Carrie Kinsey


A documentary that recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition.

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13 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Alabama, USA See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The Re-Enslavement of African Americans
18 September 2016 | by diana-y-paulSee all my reviews

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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