Monday, January 16, 2012

Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

Slavery By Another Name covers the time between the Civil War and WWII discussing and investigating the practice of slavery through the structure of immoral local officials who charged African Americans with fabricated crimes and then hawked them as labor to company mines & farms. It's a fastidiously examined work and well worthy of its Pulitzer Prize. Some of the parts of this book are monotonous but needed. Especially interesting is the effort to convict African Americans in 1903, and how the penal system in Alabama was full of corrupt politicians and officials creating a horror when anyone of color was convicted.
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