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Slavery by Another Name
by Beminet Desalegn - Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 09:38 PM

The documentary Slavery by Another Name discusses how although slavery was abolished in 1865, it did not disappear, and the inequalities towards blacks were still being practiced. Additionally, they explored the aftermath the Civil War had on the African Americans. One of the most discussed topic was the idea of convict leasing and how the southern whites used black workers for their own benefit. When the 13th amendment was passed, it acknowledged that slavery was prohibited unless it was due to a punishment of a crime. In the documentary, they discussed how the whites used this inadequacy to subjugate the blacks and force them to work as indentured servants. Massive amounts of blacks in the south were being arrested for committing very small or unreasonable crimes yet they were deemed as criminals by officials. These officials then rented these convits into industries for labor so that the officials would get the money and the industries would get workers. The workers were mainly used in the efforts of the South into becoming the New South. The South wanted to industrialize, and they were able to use African Americans to do the work in the new industries. These workers worked under severe condictions that were often dangerous to their health. Moreover, they were being punished and abused by their overseers and were expected to work long hours. This convict leasing system was benefiting the Southern economy by helping it grow; however, it was punishing the southern blacks. Under the convict leasing system, the whites created a way so that the blacks were quickly convicted and charged fees that they weren't able to pay. Even though slavery was abolished right after the Civil War, the convict leasing system was created to use the African American's forced labor to make the South's economy grow. They were working in harsh conditions against their will and the correct judgment by the law. Under the 15th amendment, African Americans were supposed to be equal as other citizens living in the United States, but they were still being suppressed by the white society and did not have the same rights as the whites. 

Re: Slavery by Another Name
by PALEY FENNER - Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 09:54 PM

I agree with what you are saying. The convict leasing basically brought back slavery. I like how you used speciicevidence such as the "New South" and explained why they used the former slaves, to industrialize SINCE they believed they had lost the Civil War due to not being advanced enough. 

You say that African Amercians were arrested for small crimes or unreasonable crimes. Do you mean they were convicted of such acts and crimes or do you mean they were arrested for doing crimes and the crimes were too extreme? Douglas A. Blackmon (wrote Slavery By Another Name, states that NO black men that were convicted were guilty of such crimes but were arrested to be put into labour. Of course maybe commited crimes but that is unclear and impossible to find out.