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Slavery by Another Name
Sunday 1:45 p.m., Nau Auditorium
2012. USA. 90 min. Director: Samuel D. Pollard. Featuring: Turron Kofi Alleyne, Douglas A. Blackmon, Mary Ellen Curtin.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, new forms of forced labor emerged in the South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a system that would last well into the 20th century. Using archival photographs, dramatic re-enactments, as well as interviews with living descendants of the victims, and leading scholars of the period, this film presents an entirely new history.
Discussion with Douglas A. Blackmon (U.Va.) and Deborah McDowell (U.Va.)