The documentary film Slavery by Another Name will be shown at First Presbyterian Church on March 31. The PBS documentary is based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas Blackmon, a former Monticello resident. After the viewing there will be a discussion during which Blackmon will be available for questions and comments.
About the documentary: Slavery By Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film 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.
For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today.