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Slavery By Another Name

Man oversees convicts at work. (undated black and white photo)
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Man oversees convicts at work. (undated black and white photo)

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 11 p.m. on KPBS 2 / Monday, June 20 at 7 a.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand now with KPBS Passport!

A Sundance Film Festival selection for 2012, this new documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal senior writer Douglas A. Blackmon, explores the little-known story of the post-Emancipation era and the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted well into the 20th century.

Slavery By Another Name: The Bricks We Stand On

Blackmon examines the concept of “neoslavery,” which sentenced African-Americans to forced labor for violating an array of laws that criminalized their everyday behavior. Actor Laurence Fishburne narrates.

The Making of Slavery by Another Name

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Producer/director Sam Pollard. Executive produced by Catherine Allan. Edited by Jason Pollard. The original score is by composer Michael Bacon.