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American Forum - Slavery by Another Name: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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Douglas Blackmon
January 22, 2013
6:00PM - 8:00PM (EST)

Douglas Blackmon
Douglas Blackmon

**SPECIAL LOCATION: Nau Hall, Room 101**


 As part of U.Va.’s community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Miller Center’s Douglas Blackmon will be screening Slavery by Another Name, a documentary based on his 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

Slavery by Another Name challenges the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage and trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II. Based on Blackmon’s research, Slavery by Another Name spans from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. The program also features interviews with Blackmon and leading scholars of this period. 

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