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Doug Blackmon on “Slavery by Another Name”
September 9, 2008 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm EDT
Filled with archival photographs, Doug Blackmon’s Slavery by Another Name is the true account of the re-enslavement of African Americans from the end of the Civil War until World War II.
Co-sponsored by Christ Church United Methodist in Troy.
Contrary to public understanding, emancipation did not end slavery for hundreds of thousands of people in the southern U.S. African Americans were arrested for minor offenses, often for no offense at all, and sentenced to hard labor in coal mines, lumber camps, farms, and mills across the South. Most were never released from deplorable working and living conditions. This system, which Blackmon calls Neo-Slavery, did not end until the coming of World War II.
The book is a sad story of a dark period in American history, but it is a history that we all should know. Doug has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Daily Record in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before joining the Wall Street Journal in 1995. As a young journalist, he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and later the civil war in Yugoslavia. His work has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize. He has written extensively about race in America, religion, the economy, and numerous other social issues. In fact, he has been writing and speaking about race since he was in the seventh grade in the Mississippi Delta. Douglas Blackmon lives in Atlanta with his wife, Michelle, and their children, Michael and Colette.
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