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Director Ava DuVernay documentary argues that the 13th amendment provided a loop hole for the continuation of slavery converting slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals resulting in mass incarceration.
Supplemental Film (Optional):
Slavery by Another Name (2012)
A 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. 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.
- Streaming: Kanopy (free with an Anoka County Library Card*) , Films for Action (free)
- Library DVD: Anoka County: 1 copy Hennepin County: 6 copies
*Kanopy is not available with a Columbia Heights or Hennepin County Library Card