Slavery By Another Name

Punishment in a Forced Labor Camp, 1930's, Georgia

Punishment in a Forced Labor Camp, 1930's, Georgia

Definitely check out the new book entitled, “Slavery by Another Name – The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II” by Douglas A. Blackmon.  After the end of slavery, old massah didn’t take it too well, and Black Americans were falsely arrested and then forced to work to pay off fines and to pay for their own arrests.  The US government then leased these people to various companies and plantations, putting money in the government’s pocket made off the backs of innocent Black Americans.  It has been said that the torture in labor camps was far worse than what was regularly experienced during slavery.  In addition to jail slavery, other Black Americans were just kidnapped and enslaved, never to be seen again by their families.   [Slavery By Another Name]

My Dad went to an HBCU in the 60’s, and he said that most of his friends from Alabama, Mississippi and other southern states said that slavery was still alive and well there.  They didn’t mean share cropping either.  I read this article entitled “The Damned” that was in the Washington Post years ago that really breaks down what was happening then.  If you weren’t aware, one of the last prosecutions for holding slaves was in 1954 when the Dial brothers in Birmingham, Alabama were convicted of holding 2 Black men by threat of violence.  They were only prosecuted because someone from their plantation took one slave’s body to the morgue and he was bound and had been whipped to death…and they called the police.  The Dial family had one of the largest plantations in the Delta and had been kidnapping Black Americans and holding them as slaves for years.  They were only sentenced to 18 months in jail.  [Washington Post]

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7 Responses to “Slavery By Another Name”

  1. thehistoricpresent Says:

    Everyone in America should have to read this horrifying book, which does indeed tell the story of post-Civil War slavery in America. The picture posted here is enough to make anyone sick at how black Americans have been treated here. But it’s important to steel yourself to read it, no matter how terrible the story is. Thanks for bringing attention to it!

  2. Hello there!

    This is truly a very necessary post!

    I will link to it under my “FIST BUMP OF THE DAY”!!

    Thank you for blowing the trumpet!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
    Lisa

  3. bill burton Says:

    I lived in Sumter County Ala. I was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1948.
    I knew some of the Dails. Thank God my mother was from Connecticut. She did not tolerant the horrible treatment of the blacks. My father and his family were extremely racist. I don’t know how my mom servived. She paid a black mans bill to a Dial so the man could leave the Dials “employment”. I have many stories about her (and mine) regarding her unprejudiced treatment of blacks. She let our maid sit in our living room on the sofa. the local ladies told her – how could she let a black (not exactly that word) sit on our sofa in the living room. Her comment was It’s a very comfortable sofa. She even let our maid sit in the front seat of the car. This was in the 50’s. OH MY God the locals would say. I have many more stories. I should write a book.

  4. this is horrible young children and young adults shouldnt have to go through this.

  5. Geraldine Says:

    Bill, it seems your mother was one of America’s Superwomen! Thank God for her types. Were it not for women such as your mother and the Harriet Tugman types; Americans might have continued to be slaves, or at least herded back into slavery by now. I once wrote a poem called “Stand.” My poem reminds me of the type of hero that was in your mother. The world is dyeing for heroes.

  6. omg iim only 13 i just cant say nunthig

  7. I really want to learn more about slavery. In my U.S. History class , we are focusing on slavery. On iPod Touchs’ we listen to some slave stories. Anyone have any suggestions of things we could do to have more things like this? Maybe . . we could reas this book. & the website above is just something idid out of boredom. I plan to make it a page about african american slavery, and put videos of me interviewing/listening to slave storiesthis summer.(:

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