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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.
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Critic Reviews

“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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By Mark on 05-23-14

Steel Yourself

The story of how the US let itself and its African-American people down after Reconstruction and Emancipation is more nasty and bitter than the Civil War itself. All the Civil War ended up doing was preventing the spread of slavery to the new territories and states. Once the US Army left, the racist White Supremacist southerners found clever new ways of re-instituting their hateful practice of getting cheap labor, and their sadistic jollies at the same time.

I am conservative as they come, but if anybody tells you that Affirmative Action or Reparations are wrong, I will hereafter reply that they are a blunt instrument, but not half so blunt as those which beat upon the backs of the Grandfathers, and Great-Grandfathers of my African-American fellows.

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By Laurie on 05-03-14

Just Unbelievable

I have read a lot of books that dealt with "forgotten chapters in history" but never have I read anything that shocked me as much as this book. I truly did not realize that slavery existed as long as it did in the South. The facts in this book are sometimes hard to believe, but if you have an interest in the Civil War (as I do), then this should be required reading. Great narration, too. I am now going to get the PBS movie made about the subject.

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By Chris on 03-23-16

well researched and thought out book

Would you listen to Slavery by Another Name again? Why?

Yes, the book is such a great work of research and brutal honesty . the book almost stands by itself and would be a great reference point on the subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slavery by Another Name?

A legal system was actually put in place to support this for something and only a World War was able to put an 'end' to it. The inhumanity brought about by a system, a Grand Mother in search of a grand some travelling miles just to free him for now wrong he did. How was that a thing one had to do, and that is a case of redemption and not of common place.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

False Hope

Any additional comments?

As someone outside the US, I cannot even being to imagine how hard it is for ethnic minorities(African Americans) in the US and particularly in the south. When I hear people/News anchors claiming 'White live matter', I now think of what an insult that is to history and how ignorant and dangerous the miss -direction is. The issue is so deep that being in denial seems like a place to be. What the book has shown is this must and should not be the case. Out int he open and at the highest level of debate is where this conversation should be; changing laws and acknowledging the hard truth about America, Slavery and how the rest of the work to some extent still operates so that the right decisions can be made pertaining issues of society.

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By Dog in a Flat Cap on 02-15-16

Brilliant, important, devastating book

Listened to this over a weekend. Cannot praise it highly enough. It's extremely well-researched, well-written and well-narrated. The topic itself is just devastating. As someone who thought they were well-informed about slavery in America, this opened my eyes to the reality of life in the South after the civil war. I now find there are other books on the topic which I'll duly investigate, but Douglas Blackmon has done a fine job here.

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