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Slavery By Another Name
by MOHAMED SAMATER - Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 02:52 PM
 
Though peonage was made illegal after the Civil War, there were 80 suspected cases of peonage during Roosevelt's administration. One man part of peonage, John Pace, was pardoned because the people working for him did not have any debt towards him. Pace should not have been pardoned because even though those working for him did not have any debt towards him, he was watching the people work and had the knowledge of what was going on. He should have gone to jail for that and the way he was treating the people, while not reimbursing them for the work they had done. Another reason Pace should not have been pardoned because he had people working for them and was earning from their work, but the workers got nothing, which seems very similar to slavery. These reasons and more show that Pace should not have been pardoned and should have been sent to jail.
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Re: Slavery By Another Name
by Kiva McElhiney - Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 04:25 PM
 

I agree with the topic you discuss in your post. During the time of peonage existed the government turned a blind eye and refused to ackowledge this corupt system was being practiced. It is saddening to see a man so obviously guilty not convicted or patronized for what he did. It shows unfair biases and false reasoning towards this system, and how the government did nothing to fix it. 

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Re: Slavery By Another Name
by Jamia Yard - Sunday, December 13, 2015, 08:13 PM
 

I agree because even if the people were not in debt to him he was doing something illegal either way. He was holding slaves if they weren't in debt to him (violation of 13th amendment) and if they were in debt to him, he was enacting debt peonage (violation of Circular 3591 andruling by Congress in 1867)