Slavery by Another Name

One of our most cherished assumptions as Americans is that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Slavery by Another Name, a documentary film based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book, turns that belief on its head.

The film documents how after the Civil War, repressive labor practices and laws pulled thousands of African Americans in the South back into new forms of slavery that lasted well into the 20th century.

Slavery by Another Name is now the focus of a new educational project from tpt National Productions, Slavery by Another Name: Digital Storytelling, funded by the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

The project will educate African American and Latino boys and their teachers about this shameful and little-known chapter in American history. It shows how the forced labor of generations of African Americans has created long-lasting racial and economic divisions that persist to this day. The goal is to empower African American and Latino male students to connect this historic period to their present experience, and present these connections in a digital format that feels powerful to them. 

Professional development workshops, both online and in-person, will give teachers within the Young Men’s Initiative’s Expanded Success Initiative, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, and Eagle Academy new skills for the 21st-century classroom. 

The program’s media-making focus will help African American and Latino boys create audio recordings of their personal narratives and engage in meaningful civil discourse around social justice issues. The curriculum will  strengthen crucial “soft skills,” such as teamwork, public speaking, time management, communication, self-confidence, and critical thinking, which are key to post–high school success. 

Slavery by Another Name: Digital Storytelling is a yearlong initiative, from January through December of 2014. Professional development workshops led by Felicia Pride of the Pride Collaborative will be held in New York and Jackson, Mississippi.

The project will kick off at the end of February with an online OVEE screening and panel discussion to introduce the initiative to a wide group of educators and encourage them to participate in workshops and use the educational materials in their classrooms. The free OVEE screening, which features clips from the documentary, will be moderated by Felicia Pride. 

Produced by tpt National Productions and directed by Sam Pollard, Slavery by Another Name was a selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS that same year as part of Black History Month. 

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Slavery of the mind is our main enemy at this juncture in history.

It is true Slavery has taken a different name and form but does not run away from the acts and pains it possesses. Other regions like Africa, it is called Modern Slavery.

I support the power of knowing one's history. We must not let those that coming up erase our place in this world

The most numerous group still trapped in unpaid/ underpaid labor conditions, often at hazard for physical & other abuses, with little independence and ability to self determine one's path through life: women

An inconvenient truth is that Slavery By Another name brings us up to the end of WWI. However, long after WWI and even today, the policies and practices of Jim Crow are still evident. Consider the disproportionate numbers of black and Hispanic people in U.S. prisons. These millions of people constitute free labor in a controlled environment supported by the government and judicial systems of this nation. The shame of America continues and she must pray that their exists no just God. Shalom.

We have a weekend class dedicated to males of color and will certainly use this information as well as prepare to attend workshop in Jackson, MS. Does anyone have the date, times and location with workshop details?

Hi Cathy:

We are still working on the schedule for the workshops but I'm happy to send you the information once it is finalized. Please send an email to sban@tpt.org so we can add you to our contact list.

Thanks for your support!
Heidi Van Heel

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