'Slavery by Another Name' Heading To Nation's Public Libraries
This week the tpt National Production Slavery by Another Name received the honor of being shown at the Supreme Court as part of a special initiative that will make the film available in public libraries across the country.
The film's executive producer, Catherine Allan, attended the event along with Vice President, National Productions for tpt Gerry Richman, Slavery by Another Name author Doug Blackmon and the film's editor Jason Pollard.
The event launched the National Endowment for the Humanities "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" initiative, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. As part of the initiative, the NEH will distribute four films to 500 public libraries across the country. Films included in the set include: Slavery by Another Name, The Abolitionists, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story.
"It was very gratifying to know that all of these films, including our Slavery by Another Name, will be an important part of keeping that history alive as they continue to be seen and discussed around the country for years to come," said Allan.
Slavery by Another Name 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.
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