Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2009
In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history: an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.
Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter.
By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.
©2009 Douglas A. Blackmon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
“Shocking....Eviscerates one of our schoolchildren's most basic assumptions: that slavery in America ended with the Civil War.” (The New York Times)
“The genius of Blackmon's book is that it illuminates both the real human tragedy and the profoundly corrupting nature of the Old South slavery as it transformed to establish a New South social order.” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The information presented here is powerful, moving, and not well enough known. I would have liked more perspective about things such as the total number of black vs. white convicts, the total black population in areas under discussion, and so on. Still, the story is well told and hard to forget. The reader is okay, though he has a number of vocal ticks that increasingly grate (esp. a sort of Clintonesque yawn/purr, the sound equivalent of tilting your head). Also, someone should have prevented his comic pronunciation of Dubois (which he reads like Blanche Dubois) and Tuskegee.
I expected this book to rehash the well-known civil rights abuses that took place between the abolition of slavery and the Civil Rights Movements a hundred years later, but in fact it did so much more than that: it taught me things about US history and slave history in the US which I had never known.
It's a terrible, intimate portrait of one family and the economic and political situation which encompassed them in a whirlwind of oppression. Set against the backdrop of their lives and struggles, the book meticulously documents how slavery continued "underground" after emancipation on a vast, all-encompassing scale through the various machinations of the US legal and corporate systems, protected at every level under the broad umbrella of "progress", how the North turned a blind eye, and on and on.
At its heart this is a very important, overlooked part of American history whose legacy continues through the present day; it was this post-bellum period which sowed the seeds of contemporary race politics and relations in the US more even than slavery itself. It created a blueprint for future generations of white men for how they can keep men (especially) of color on their knees even beyond the Civil Rights Movement, with full protection of the the legal system and corporate America. This is the post-emancipation history we never learned in school.
Although not intended as such, this book is an excellent prequel to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which views the mass incarceration of black men as an extension of Jim Crow laws in modern "color-blind" America.
There are some very memorable moments, but what really counts is learning about the situation of blacks in America from the end of the Civil War until World War II and after. This was a part of US history I had not known and it changed my view not only of African Americans but of the country as a whole.
No, but he is excellent.
Yes, it sure did. I am still reeling.
I cannot recommend this book too strongly. Anybody who lives in the US or has anything to do with the US (which is just about everyone in the world) must read this to have a better understanding of the country, its evolution, and its people. Foreigners not well acquainted with American history, however, must not imagine that this is all there is to it: there is much in that extraordinary story that people from other cultures cannot imagine, though this book recounts a very important and little known chapter.
No. It's not entertaining. The stories are seared into one's memory.
No favorite character
Suntrust revealing to its employees that the Bank's starting equity was largely the result of massive profits from slave labor well into the 1900s.
Same as book
Shocking. Powerful. Insightful. Must Listen American History
Opens the mind to a side history never told and needing to be exposed. I found myself constantly pausing after some parts to simply reflect on what I just read- not because it was difficult to read, but because it was unbelievable that this was real life.
This book is one of my all time favorites. would definitely 100% recommend this to others.
Or at least your understanding of American history. The book untangles much of America's deceit and delusions about its racial history and lays it all out for you.
This book is so powerful. it should be read by every American. We need to go back in time and learn the real history of our past. The history most of us embraces is full of lies. Mr. Blackmon's book allows us to look at ourselves in the mirror. Are you ready to confront our true past? If so, pick up this amazing important book.
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
I do not see myself as listening to Slavery by Another Name again, as much as I admire the book. I had a grand uncle who ran away from home and was never found again. When I read accounts of the enslavement of African Americans where my uncle had lived, I fear he may have been swept into a forced labor mine, mill, or plantation.
The most memorable moment of Slavery by Another Name was when a white plantation owner became a serial killer of his black slaves when the Feds began to investigate him for slavery. He was cold and methodical. Fortunately, he was caught, becoming the only white man to be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for slavery and the murder of African Americans.
What Dennis Boutsikaris brought to this story were the voices of the forgotten men and women who were enslaved. I heard these people as if they spoke from the grave.
Slavery By Another Name is an important work that reveals a dark chapter in American history. Southerners ignored the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves and found other means to re-enslave African Americans. The forced labor camps reminded me of what my Jewish aunt experienced at the hands of the Nazis during World War II.
I had no idea how horribly blacks were treated post civil war, and the reason why it finally ended, it wasn't because it was the right thing to do. It's simply shameful!
This book!!! When I began listening to this book I had no idea what I was getting into. I am stunned. The contents shocked and horrified me. Once again, I feel shame caused by our white forefathers; Indians, African Americans,Jewish and Irish have be killed by white mans corruption, greed, brutality ..... downright sadism. By learning of the brutalization of the African-Americans, I feel angry and cheated by the shameful secrets kept from American students. As a child, I loved history. Now thanks to Douglas Blackmons incredible research, I realize we school children of the 40's and 50's, and our parents before us, were told a dismissive, shallow and incorrect version of the era of slavery. How I wish we could have learned the truth Blackmon has unearthed.
I am a psychotherapist. I believe in intergenerational trauma. The knowledge of the generations of trauma African American of today carry, helps me to understand where some of the bitterness and hatred acted out on people of light skin comes from...... why Caucasian police are held in such contempt. It's not an excuse but it is a partial explanation.
My life has been forever changed by this book. The words, the passionate words, have left a mark of not only wisdom but compassion, mercy and grace. Thank you Douglas Blackmon. You have given our culture a priceless gift.
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