Thursday, February 9, 2012

Premier of PBS Documentary Based on Blackmon's Slavery By Another Name

On Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9p.m. EST, PBS will debut a documentary film, directed by Sam Pollard and based on David Blackmon's Pulitzer-Prize winning book, Slavery By Another Name: The Reenslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.  Read a description of the film below. Watch the trailer here.
Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.

Based on Blackmon’s research, Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon and with leading scholars of this period.