Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series

Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series

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Slavery by Another Name

The Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series will present the PBS documentary, Slavery by Another Name, Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ashland Library, Community Room, 66 Front St. The event is free and open to the public.



Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute film that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. According to the PBS website, the film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.



The brutality of the system was worse than slavery. As historian C. Vann Woodward and others have argued, under slavery, slave owners had an interest in a modicum of well-being for their property. Under convict labor no such interest existed. The horrors re-created in this documentary are difficult to view.



Incredibly, it took the propaganda broadcasts of Japan and Germany that told African Americans they would be truly free once the US was defeated and urged them not to fight, to cause President Roosevelt to become concerned about the damage convict labor inflicted on the US global image.



About the Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series

The Ashland Documentary Film & Discussion Series has been running since 2005. The series is held at in the Ashland Library, Community Room, on the second Thursday of each month. Discussion is often lively and thought-provoking. The films are sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library. For more information, call the library, 508-881-0134, or visit click for details.

Free and open to the public.

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Event Details

Date: December 13, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location:
Ashland Public Library
66 Front Street
Ashland, Massachusetts 01721

website

Contact:
Friends of the Ashland Public Library
508.881.0134
president@friendsoftheapl.com


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