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Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II | [Douglas A. Blackmon]

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 06-09-10
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Will Take Your Breath Away"

    I can remember Jim Crow, but some how missed this story from my history classes. Blackman has done a wonderful service to all Americans by placing the outcome of the Civil War in historical context.

    Essentially, freedmen were jailed on (what we would term today) trumped charges. The authorities then leased those men (and the occasional woman) to commercial enterprises without recourse. They were, in essence Blackman suggests, expected to fulfill their "time served" under conditions not unlike they had known earlier under enslavement.

    Blackman fills every chapter with stories illustrating the expriences of those held. They are all explicit and many brought tears to my eyes. There is some repetition or, rather, some of the descriptions are similar. However, the last sections of the book bring home the necessity of the narration presented before.

    Blackman's writing is very good. The narration of Dennis Boutsikanis is outstanding. This is a book no American should miss.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 12-16-10
    Mark 12-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Facinating"

    Fills in a missing chapter in American history dealing with slavery. We hear a lot about slavery prior to the civil war and during the civil rights movement, but not during the period between them. How did we ever let these things happen?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 05-03-14
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Just Unbelievable"

    I have read a lot of books that dealt with "forgotten chapters in history" but never have I read anything that shocked me as much as this book. I truly did not realize that slavery existed as long as it did in the South. The facts in this book are sometimes hard to believe, but if you have an interest in the Civil War (as I do), then this should be required reading. Great narration, too. I am now going to get the PBS movie made about the subject.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-13-12
    Jeremy Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this, and have done so many times since


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about overlooked real events, research in the minutest detail, and conveyed in an engaging way through the lives of principal individuals.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    Very direct and well paced; never gets in the way of the narrative, only enhances it. Authoritative without sounding pedantic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The South will never be the same.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a book of passion and discovery by a well respected, objective, obsessively dedicated,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan B. 08-22-12
    Ryan B. 08-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enlightening"
    What made the experience of listening to Slavery by Another Name the most enjoyable?

    New twist on US slave history. Mostly focused on AL and GA post Civil War slavery.
    Well crafted.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam dardanelle, AR, United States 08-13-10
    Sam dardanelle, AR, United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "a memorable book"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    deputynorm@aol.com 05-31-14
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    "Difficulty in Hearing This Sad Story"
    Would you listen to Slavery by Another Name again? Why?

    I have listened to all my Audible.com book twice except Slavery by Another Name. It is so sad that after 750,000 deaths to eliminate slavery it existed in its most vile form for nearly another 100 years. Hardcore Southerners were predators in every sense of the word. No wonder many older blacks are bitter. I wonder what would happen if this book was made required reading in high school. It sure ticked me off!


    Would you recommend Slavery by Another Name to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because the information is historically important but I'd warn them about the content.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The delayed justice recounted at the end of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I had to set it aside when it became too painful to read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tempe, AZ, United States 05-23-14
    Mark Tempe, AZ, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2006

    English Lit BA highest honors UC Berkeley, 1974. Listening to books for pleasure or education is fun and it separates good writing from bad.

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    "Steel Yourself"

    The story of how the US let itself and its African-American people down after Reconstruction and Emancipation is more nasty and bitter than the Civil War itself. All the Civil War ended up doing was preventing the spread of slavery to the new territories and states. Once the US Army left, the racist White Supremacist southerners found clever new ways of re-instituting their hateful practice of getting cheap labor, and their sadistic jollies at the same time.

    I am conservative as they come, but if anybody tells you that Affirmative Action or Reparations are wrong, I will hereafter reply that they are a blunt instrument, but not half so blunt as those which beat upon the backs of the Grandfathers, and Great-Grandfathers of my African-American fellows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 04-14-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 04-14-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "An uncomfortable read that demands to be consumed"

    Tells the story of corruption and greed that fueled the extension of slavery up to the time of World War II. Corrupt public officials had their pockets lined by unethical business men itch the chattel of men and women caught in trumped up charges and forced to work against their will. Severe corporal punishment was the norm and death and despair flourished. This is a implication of post slavery seldom discussed but that explains so much of the rac dynamics that exist I. The south to this day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 03-30-14
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 03-30-14 Member Since 2009

    Acteon

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    "Overwhelming, eye-opening, indispensable"
    Would you listen to Slavery by Another Name again? Why?

    Yes,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slavery by Another Name?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he is excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it sure did. I am still reeling.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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