Sunday, June 07, 2009
NPR has a great interview with author Douglas Blackmon who talks about the history of Black Post-Civil War Re-Enslavement, particularly in the South. In the book “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II", Blackmon gives a chilling account of how Black men were systematically steered into jails and work camps throughout the South, often on bogus or nefarious charges, and used for their labor.
In many ways...he is basically describing the early years of the modern prison industrial complex.
I knew about some of this...particularly about sharecropping...and how that kept Blacks in financial bondage. But Blackmon goes into more detail about the obstacles faced by Blacks after the Civil War.