Slavery By Another Name

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Slavery By Another Name challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions -- the belief that slavery in the US ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation -- by examining how even as chattel slavery came to an end in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality.
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Sam Pollard
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Laurence Fishburne
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English [CC]
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Catherine AllanDouglas A. BlackmonSam Pollard
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ClaudetteReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2012
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Hidden History of America.
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I watched this movie on last night on PBS. It opened my eyes to things I knew nothing about! As a child of the 50's I heard on and off about things that happened during this time in American history. As I watched this movie it brought tears to my eyes to see how one human being could treat another human being and not think nothing of it.

My grandparents were sharecroppers in the south and had to sneak their 5 daughters to the North one by one as young teenage girls because 2 of their sons were lynched at a young age.

I never knew that it was against the law to leave your farm as a sharecropper you would be hunted down, brought back or killed.

I thank God that my grandfather and grandmother did not have their lives taken away from them because they both made it to the North, but their lives where never the same.

This is apart of history that everyone one in this nation should know about.
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lettieReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2012
5.0 out of 5 starsYou will not learn this in the classroom!
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The Emancipation Proclamation was primarily a military measure, freeing only those slaves held in the Confederate States. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. Farmers and businessmen needed to find replacements for the labor force once their slaves had been freed depriving Southern slaveholders of $2 billion in human property and ensuring the permanent freedom of more than 4 million in bondage. Convict leasing began in 1865 and ended in the last state, Alabama, in 1928. It was a system in which armies of free men, most were guilty of no crimes and entitled by law to freedom, were compelled to labor without compensation, were repeatedly bought and sold, and were forced to do the bidding of white masters through the regular application of extraordinary physical coercion. The sole aim of convict leasing was financial profit to the lessees who exploited the labor of the prisoners to the fullest, and to the government which sold the convicts to the lessees. It's truly time that the truth be told. This DVD should be shown in every class room. A better perspective would be shown to African Americans if such truths were viewed on a worldwide scale.
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AkbarReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsI highly recommend this to other teachers and professor and students that ...
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I highly recommend this to other teachers and professor and students that can handle the truth! And we thought American Slavery was bad. This is the way the government kept slaves after Emancipation through the prison slave system. If you tried to escape you got shot with no repercussion because you were just an escaped prisoner. These Black men were traded out to other prisons to work in coal mines worse than any white coal miners. They were imprisoned for standing outside called "vagrancy laws" and put to work in labor camps called prisons. Many were just dumped into the river if they died or did not comply. I liked the commentary by the historians both Black and white that added insights into the stories and pictures and video. One lady had thought that her wealthy great-grandfather(?) was a "self-made man" she found out where his wealth came from and was visibly shaken by it. It finally talked about how the wealth from this legal slave industry poured in and that was my main interest, see how whites created capital for generations to come without paying the Black man or his family anything. These types of prisons were not really shut down until the 1960's. Now there is still an overabundance of Black men in the Prison Industrial Complex not different than what they had back then. More humanitarian groups are out protesting the unequal distribution of the law against men of color for similar offenses as white men. The prisons are privatized and are paid based upon the volume of prisoners in the prison. It is a cycle with the same type of prisoner - Black males.
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Paradox MindReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2012
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is for EVERYBODY, Not Just for Black Americans
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First I must say "Every Human Being in America should see this" No matter where you came from. If you are living in America you need to see this. Everyone has a right to know about this HIDDEN piece of American History. I intend to pass this DVD on to Everyone not just my Black American colleagues. The American Government has seen to it that certain pieces of vital American History be kept away from not just its own people but, the entire world. This Documentary based on the bestselling book by Douglas Blackmon is not too long, not too short and IT WILL NOT BORE YOU. I recommend this to all who want to know the whole truth.
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Cassan RoseReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsAs always read the book first.
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It didn't go into depth like the book and just skims the surface of the issue. If I hadn't read the book I don't think I would have understood the entire scope of the issue. I would not understand how largely peonage played in growing corporations that we know today.
This is truly a superficial documentary. But if you don't read the book I guess it is better than nothing.
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wiser consumerReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2012
5.0 out of 5 starsSobering
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This is one of those PBS documentaries that isn't easy to watch but is necessary for a complete education in our nation's history, and it is particularly important for those whites who have a fully developed conscience. As usual, greed is the primary motivation and has strongly influenced our treatment of, not only African-Americans, but also Native-Americans.
When some speak of how great this country is, they should understand that that applies to the flora, fauna and landscape of this country but not to the white people in general who have ruled it. (I'm a white man of Scotch and Swedish descent.)
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Klear Image GuyReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsMust See
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This should be required viewing for every American citizen. It might shed some light on why our country is experiencing difficult times as it relates to ethnicity and politics.
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Celeste StantonReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsThe truth about American slavery.
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Excellent documentary. Will come as a surprise and learning lessen to people of all races who believe that the Emancipation Proclamation actually freed the slaves in America. An historic portrayal of what Whites did over the years to keep Blacks enslaved. The title is perfect. This should be taught in all history classes in high schools all over the country, and especially at the college level. In fact, should be mandatory viewing in all social study classes.
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