Watch the PBS documentary based on Blackmon, D. A., (2008). Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. New York: Anchor Books.
Documentary (Links to an external site.)
Write a 3 page paper responding to four of the questions below. Draw on the movie and all of your course readings to this point.
Why is it important to document hidden histories?
Why are certain histories hidden or difficult to uncover?
What new insights did you gain after watching this documentary?
To what extent do you think a persons racist attitudes and behaviors can be forgiven due to the norm of their surrounding culture?
In what ways, if any, are we responsible for our ancestors actions? Is it fair to hold individuals accountable for things their ancestors did?
How have the dynamics of relationships between black people and white people changed since the civil rights movement of the 1960s?
Blackmon asserts that real slavery didnt end until the 1940s. In what ways is this statement true? What forms of modern slavery exist today?
How does the history represented in the documentary help us understand present conditions for people of color today? How can knowing history empower people today?
What current events do you believe should be documented, so that they are not hidden from future generations? Why?
After viewing the documentary, do you believe that racism is inherent or taught? Explain.