Watching the gripping and heartbreakingly revealing documentary “Slavery By Another Name” isn’t easy to do but it is necessary all the same.
PBS is airing the film in time for Black History Month and like the Douglas A. Blackmon Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, the doc explores black life after the Civil War ended.
It was in that period, that black southerners experienced the most racist and oppressive of times due to lynchings, sharecropping and false imprisonment. With imprisonment came forced labor and chain gangs, a practice that gave wealthy former slave owners, states and corporations free labor worse than that exploited during slavery times. Unfortunately, it was a cruel and inhumane institution that lasted until the start of World War II.
Don’t miss this undeniably significant piece of American history when “Slavery By Another Name” airs at 9 tonight on PBS. Visit PBS.org for additional broadcast times and dates.