Slavery By Another Name

I recently viewed Slavery by Another Name, a documentary by PBS and the official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It is a most powerful documentary about slavery in America and how it continued in practice for 80 years after the Emancipation. I learned so much about our history – a chapter that has been left out of our history books. I was also compelled to repent on behalf of my ancestors and for restoration and reconciliation after viewing this.

Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.

Take the time to view this documentary. It is truly a MUST SEE and well worth your time. Afterward, please let me know what you think about it.


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