Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history, the late 1870s through the 1940s when thousands of African-American men were arbitrarily arrested, hit with fines, charged for room and board in state and county jails, and then forced to work off the debt as unpaid laborers.Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history, the late 1870s through the 1940s when thousands of African-American men were arbitrarily arrested, hit with fines, charged for room and board in state and county jails, and then forced to work off the debt as unpaid laborers.Read Less
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This book teaches the history of American South from Reconstruction to WWII that we SHOULD HAVE learned in school - but didn't. This is a must-read for anyone who truly wants to understand American history.
Mar 13, 2009
A "must read" for any historian and for anyone interested in understanding our history--this book is a revelation about the slavery that existed after the Civil War. Yes, slavery--thousands and thousands of African Americans being forced to work against their will in mines, steel mills, and forests after a trumped up violation enabled a sheriff to sell him/her for the rest of their days to be treated more miserably by people who could easily replace those who were worked or beaten to death. A whole new chapter in our history known to few. SOLID research--this new kind of slavery went even into the 1920s, kept a secret by southerners and fed officials who refused to prosecute, even when they had reams of evidence.
Oct 2, 2008
BOOK DESERVES TO BE ON THE "MUST READ" LIST. COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.
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