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“A powerful and eye-opening account of a crucial but unremembered chapter of American history. Blackmon’s magnificent research paints 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 for Biography, 1987


“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 for commentary.


“For those who think the conversation about race or exploitation in America is over, they should read Douglas Blackmon’s cautionary tale, Slavery by Another Name. It is at once provocative and thought-provoking, sobering and heart-rending.”
—Jay Winik, author of April 1865: The Month that Saved America and The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World


“Douglas Blackmon’s Slavery by Another Name is an American holocaust that dare not speak its name, a rivetingly written, terrifying history of six decades of racial degradation in the service of white supremacy and cheap labor. It should be required reading.”
—David Levering Lewis, University Professor, NYU, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1994 and 2001


“Doug Blackmon has exposed an awful truth about the continued abuse of power and continued post-slavery exploitation of the poor into the twentieth century.”
—Andrew Young, aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations


“Urgent, definitive, powerful. The most important work of history published in a very long time.”
—Bill Cosby


“Douglas Blackmon has written a book that covers largely uncharted grounds. While much has been written about the horrors of slavery, Blackmon’s well researched and powerfully written book reminds us of the ugly period on racial subjugation in America AFTER the end of slavery. This book adds a missing chapter in America’s troubled history on the issue of race, and should be required reading in every classroom in America.”
—Charles J. Ogletree, Jr, author of All Deliberate Speed:Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education, and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School


“Douglas Blackmon has drawn back the curtain of conventional wisdom to expose the illegal and immoral seizure of black Americans who were forced to labor in the mines, quarries, and lumber camps and urban factories from 1870 through the middle of the twentieth century. To read this book is to cross an intellectual Rubicon: Once opened, this important and compellingly written work cannot be put down. Once opened, you will no longer find it possible to relegate slavery to the distant past. Once opened, this book will change you, and how you perceive race relations in America.”
—Harriet A. Washington author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present


“Each time you think you know all about Black history comes another revelation. And few have come with as much stunning clarity as Douglas Blackmon’s Slavery by Another Name. Advocates of reparations and opponents of the prison industrial complex will be particularly rewarded by Blackmon’s astonishing research, which is delivered evenly and concisely.”
—Herb Boyd, author of We Shall Overcome—The History of the Civil Rights Movement as it Happened


“Douglas A. Blackmon unravels the backlash against Emancipation and Reconstruction and reveals the growth of an insidious system of morally corrupt legal wrangling and exploitation. Incisive research underscores a lucid narrative history that is at once eloquent and compelling.”
—Alan Govenar, author of Untold Glory: African Americans in Pursuit of Freedom, Opportunity and Achievemen

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