What Emancipation Didn’t Stop After All (The New York Times)
In “Slavery by Another Name” Douglas A. Blackmon eviscerates one of our schoolchildren’s most basic assumptions: that slavery in America ended with the Civil War. Mr. Blackmon unearths shocking evidence that the practice persisted well into the 20th century. And he is not simply referring to the virtual bondage of black sharecroppers unable to extricate themselves economically from farming.
By Janet Maslin
Atlanta Magazine, April 2008
“A terrific journalist and gifted writer, Blackmon is fearless in going wherever the research leads him. At times, the onslaught of details is almost dizzying, but that’s a minor quibble with a supremely brave and focused book.”
By Teresa Weaver
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 23, 2008
“Slavery by Another Name” is 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.
By Harper Barnes
Publishers Weekly, November 5, 2007
Wall Street Journal bureau chief Blackmon gives a groundbreaking and disturbing account of a sordid chapter in American history—the lease (essentially the sale) of convicts to “commercial interests” between the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th.
Tales Show How Slavery Lingered after Civil War (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
“The genius of Blackmon’s book is that it illuminates both the real human tragedy and the profoundly corrupting nature of the Old South slavery as it transformed to establish a New South social order.”
By Steve Suitts