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.
“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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well researched and thought out book
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.
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.
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.
Brilliant, important, devastating book
- Dog in a Flat Cap