A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Age of Neoslavery ” the American period following the Emancipation Proclamation in which convicts mostly black men were “leased” through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments.
In this groundbreaking historical expose Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history–an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.
Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives Douglas A. Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving sobering and shocking this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking the companies that profited most from neoslavery and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.”- publisher
Review Quotes: “Shocking. . . . Eviscerates one of our schoolchildren’s most basic assumptions: that slavery in America ended with the Civil War.” –The New York Times
“An astonishing book. . . . It will challenge and change your understanding of what we were as Americans-and of what we are.” –Chicago Tribune
“A formidably researched powerfully written wrenchingly detailed narrative.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch Paperback