The documentary Slavery by Another Name challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film recounts 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.
For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today. The residue of that brutal era is still with us, decades later.
The screening will be followed by audience discussion.
Sponsored by Project NIA, the African American Cultural Center at UIC and The Public Square.
This screening is part of a series of events accompanying the Black/Inside exhibition which will run from October 23 to November 21.
Free and open to the public. For more information please call 312.422.5580.
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