Slavery By Another Name

About This Episode


Challenging one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Slavery by Another Name 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.

The film spans from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this "neoslavery" to begin and persist. Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today.