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Slavery by another name
by MINGJIE LIAN - Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 07:36 PM

The Movie slavery by another name showed us the deterioration of equal rights for blacks. In the beginning of reconstruction, the gov. supported equal rights for blacks. They passed the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment to show that slavery can never come back to the US.  But as time went on the redeemers started to gain more power and the idea of impressment to blacks started. Due to the amendments people cannot hold slaves, but it never said anything about arresting blacks. This was the convict leasing system which provided prisoner labor to private parties, such as plantation owners and corporations. Because of this law, blacks had to be exceptionally carefully about their actions because it might send them to jail and they can send blacks to work for corporations. In the video it said that when a white walked on the side walk the black man had to walk outside of the sidewalk even if it was dirty. The convict leasing system brought back white male superiority. In the video it also stated people working in the mines experienced explosions, disease, poison, whipping, chains, physical torture, and mental abuse. The convict leasing system was far worse than slavery and it deteriorated equal rights of blacks.