Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of American’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, the film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century, until 1945.
For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today. The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon, and with leading scholars of this period, including Mary Ellen Curtin, Pete Daniel, Risa Goluboff, Adam Green, and Khalil Muhammad.
“By filling in an overlooked part of black history, this sobering film enhances our under- standing of why race issues have proved so intractable.” – Neil Genzlinger, NY Times Channel Surfing
Sundance Film Festival – Selection, U.S. Documentary Competition
Pan African Film Festival – Winner, Festival Programmers’ Award
Major funding for Slavery by Another Name is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and the CPB/PBS Diversity and Innovation Fund. Additional funding is provided by Georgia-Pacific, KeyBank Foundation and Merck; and by the Omicron Member Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Minneapolis; the General Mills Foundation; and Frances Wilkinson.
To learn more, visit http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name