Slavery by Another Name

Slavery by Another Name

Douglas Blackmon

10.22.2009

Douglas Blackmon

Douglas Blackmon, journalist and historian, received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction for "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (2008)." The book reveals how American corporations, particularly U. S. Steel, benefited from wage-free black convict labor for almost a century. Currently, Blackmon serves as the Atlanta bureau chief of the "Wall Street Journal."

Author Douglas A. Blackmon discusses his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Slavery by Another Name," which examines how a form of neoslavery thrived in America long after legal abolition. Based on a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, the book unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into involuntary servitude. It also tells 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.