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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.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Melbourne, FL, United States 12-16-10
    Mark Melbourne, FL, United States 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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    Bernard Orlando, FL, United States 08-22-12
    Bernard Orlando, FL, United States 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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    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,

    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.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 04-14-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 04-14-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-08-14
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Powerful book!"

    This was an eye opening experience for me. While I have always thought that the South treated blacks differently than other parts of the United States, I never dreamed it was worse than ever for them until after World War II. I am not saying it was only in the Southern United States as people are racist all over and a lot of other states made it impossible for blacks to feel safe in those areas. What this book does is document the so called convict workers and how the majority of convicts were blacks and treated much differently than whites for similar crimes. For example a white man found riding the rails was sentenced to 10 days labor while a black man would be sentenced to 2 years or more for the same offence.

    This was a money making venture for sheriffs and judges in the South. They would arrest black men for not having any money in their pockets thus being "vagrants" and fine them 20 dollars. Then they would tell these men that their only hope would be to let this white man pay their fine and then they could work it off. The white man (usually the sheriff or judge themselves) would sell their contracts for these men to a mine or farm or factory and the black men would be indentured to these men until they were no longer useful or died. In a lot of ways it was worse than slavery as the whites who worked these blacks had no care for their welfare as there were always more convicts to get.

    Corporations like US Steel and banks like Wachovia were owners of some of these endeavors. The United States Federal courts looked away for the most part as it was "out of their jurisdiction". Teddy Roosevelt tried to change things with very little luck. Woodrow Wilson made things worse by creating segregation in the Washington DC area during his term in office. J. Edgar Hoover couldn't be bothered to help the negro. FDR realized that if America didn't do something positive for the Blacks, Germany and Japan would use that as propaganda against America and finally instructed the Justice department to prosecute at the highest level of the law any person or corporation using this feudal servitude method in the United States.

    This book should be required reading for anyone who enjoys history. I mentioned just a few ways this keeping the black man back was done. There are many more documented in this book.

    The narration by Dennis Boutsikaris was wonderfully done.

    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

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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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    Luke KAILUA, HI, United States 03-27-14
    Luke KAILUA, HI, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Slavery existed after Emancipation"
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    There isn't a single anecdote or account in this book that doesn't deserve to be told. They are mostly brutally depressing and shameful. But halfway through the book, I didn't really feel like I was learning anything new. If you read the title and subtitle and question the validity or mechanics in anyway, especially if you are an American, I'd highly recommend reading this, and maybe the prolonged discomfort of the repetitive, devastating stories is part of the author's intent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric United States 08-07-13
    Eric United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "History everyone should know"
    Would you listen to Slavery by Another Name again? Why?

    No. It's not entertaining. The stories are seared into one's memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite character


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    Same as book


    Any additional comments?

    Shocking. Powerful. Insightful. Must Listen American History

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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