“The most stunning book you will read this year.”
—Bill Moyers, PBS

TONIGHT (June 20, 2008), Bill Moyers interviews Douglas Blackmon, the Atlanta bureau chief of the WALL STREET JOURNAL, about his latest book SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME, which looks at an “age of neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

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The Reviews Are In:

   “Relentless and fascinating. It … will now haunt us all.”
   —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

   “A supremely brave and focused book."
   —Atlanta Magazine

   “A formidably researched, powerfully written, wrenchingly detailed narrative of the mistreatment of millions of blacks in America, mistreatment that kept African-Americans in shackles of the body and mind long after slavery had officially ended.”
   —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

   “A devastating picture of the ugly and outrageous practices that kept tens of thousands of Black Americans enslaved until the onset of World War II. Slavery By Another Name is a passionate, highly impressive and hugely important book."
   —David J. Garrow, author of the Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

   "This groundbreaking book illuminates black Americans' lingering suspicions of the criminal justice system. The false imprisonment of black men has its history in an ignominious economic system that depended on coerced labor and didn't flinch from savagery toward fellow human beings. Blackmon's exhaustive reportage should put an end to the oft-repeated slander that black Americans tend toward lawlessness."
   —Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 2007 winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Read more about Douglas A. Blackmon, excerpts and images from the book, comments from readers and even more reviews from around the country.


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The Age of Neo-Slavery
Based on a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude.

It also reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the modern companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the system’s final demise in the 1940s, partly due to fears of enemy propaganda about American racial abuse at the beginning of World War II.
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