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Slavery by Another Name

Film Screening and Panel Discussion


Presented by the Miller Center

Date:        January 22, 2013

Time:        6:00 PM

LocationNau Hall, Room 101 (Auditorium)


Directed by Sam Pollard, produced by Catherine Allan and Douglas Blackmon, written by Sheila Curran Bernard,  the tpt National Productions project is based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Blackmon. Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.

Based on Blackmon’s research, Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist.  Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today.  The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon and with leading scholars of this period. 

A panel discussion will follow the screening.


  • Douglas Blackmon, Chair, Forum Program at the Miller Center
  • Risa Goluboff, (featured in the film) Professor of Law, School of Law
  • Tonya Groomes, (featured in the film) Descendant of Americans enslaved in the early 20th century
  • Claudrena Harold, Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History

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