“5. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, written by Douglas A. Blackmon (January 2009). This book would be ideal to use when discussing the Civil rights Movement or when teaching a unit on Diversity.
Synopsis - The author of this book brings to light one of the darkest chapters in the history of America. The author calls it the “Age of Neoslavery”, and it was present the aftermath of the Civil War through World War II. The book discusses the atrocities that African Americans endured, especially under laws that were created specifically to intimidate blacks. Literally tens of thousands of African Americans were arrested for no apparent reason, charged outrageous fines, and then forced to pay the costs of their own arrests. When these people were unable to pay, these offenders were sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries, and farm plantations. Unfortunately, this unfair Neoslavery system was active until WWII. This book is based on numerous original documents and personal narratives who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the modern companies that profited most from neoslavery, and until its demise in the 1940s.