Slavery by another name

PBS Distribution (Firm)

DVD - 2012

Challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions, the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, by telling the harrowing story of how, in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.

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Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[United States] : PBS Distribution c2012.
Item Description
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon.
Originally produced for television in 2012.
Release date: Feb. 14, 2012.
Special features: "The bricks we stand on," Douglas A. Blackmon shares how the project evolved (18 min.); behind the scenes.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, NTSC, Region 1, widescreen, stereo.
Rating: TV-PG-L, V.
Production Credits
Editor, Jason L. Pollard ; original score, Michael Bacon.
Corporate Author
PBS Distribution (Firm) (-)
Other Authors
Douglas A. Blackmon (-)
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Even though1863's Emancipation Proclamation was intended to abolish slavery, it continued in a more subtle form until the middle of the 20th century. Individual Southern states were able to pass repressive laws beginning in the Reconstruction Era which, in essence, established a netherworld for African Americans-they were neither free nor enslaved. The most heinous laws allowed the use of prisoners by private companies and the continued concept of sharecropping as a rarely-materialized hope of repaying debts. The means in which these forced labor situations were tolerated forms the basis for this moving, well-crafted documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book (Doubleday, 2008) by Douglas Blackmon. Vintage photographs and live-action footage, realistic recreations, and expert commentary by the book's author and other historians describe this dark period in our history which slowly ended with the establishment of civil rights organizations and the movement of African Americans to the Northern industrial cities. English subtitles and chapter selection is optional. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, this excellent production deserves serious consideration for inclusion in media collections for its merit as both a classroom tool and a valuable individual research resource.-Dwain Thomas, formerly Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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