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Slavery by Another Name
by BMENET GIRUM - Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 09:03 PM

In the documentry "Slavery by Another Name" goes over the idea's and concepts over slavery. The Southerners could not grow as a nation without cheap labor forced upon on the African American people. Even when slavery was abolished after the civil war ended the whites wanted to still envison the idea of having slaves without considering it slavery. The way the South did this was by disenfranchisisng African Americans rights under the White supremacy. In the beginning of the documentry a Women made a point that stated "but if you had something for free in the past, you don't necessarily want to pay for it now". Free meaning having someone like a African American man being treated in way that is identifed as a second class citzen was wrong today but fine in the past. Even though starting to pay them for there work was not approved let alone taken into thought. The South thrived off of there land and had so much space and needed workers to do the work. They knew that they would have to create a plan that sercetly put free blacks into situations that could not get out of. Most blacks were either accused of crimes they did not commit and were basically put into debt.  A great amount of them could not pay their debts, so they worked for everything and most of the time did not make it out alive after all. However if you perceived that free African Americans were free they really were not. It was hard for them to provide for families and basicially recieve the little things to start a life that they wanted. In conclusion many freemen's were put into a position were many of them were trapped in a box and the only chioces they had were to be controlled by a master and be put into slave like situations or die.

Re: Slavery by Another Name
by PALEY FENNER - Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 09:35 PM

I agree with what you said and you used a nice quote from the video which made your argument all the more strong big grin. I can see why Southerns wouldn't want to pay money for labor and of course it must have been a very hard transition, but it still was unforgivable for introducing convict leasing. I cannot imagine what people working in coal mineswent through, and how many deaths came because of it. "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it". It's unfortunate this happened but all we can do is pass on their story and learn from the mistakes made in the past.