It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, then and now: A huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. Christina Comer, who discovered how her family profited from the system, comments that “the story is important no matter how painful the reality is.”
Join Fabu Carter as she shows clips from the film and leads a discussion of the issues raised by the film. Fabu was the Poet Laureate of Madison from 2008-2011, and has worked to inspire creative writing and cultural awareness in the Madison school system and in community organizations in Madison for 25 years.
Funding for the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Discussion series provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.