After viewing the PBS Documentary, Slavery by Another Name, please discuss the following and other issues raised. No minimum word/page limit.
- What was your initial reaction to the film? Was there anything in it that surprised you?
- How did the “Pig Laws” and vagrancy codes serve to criminalize Black life and aid in the rise of the convict leasing system? Are you aware of any laws in effect today that could be said to unjustly target certain groups?
- How did the experiences of enslaved Black Americans prior to Emancipation compare with the experiences of Black Americans under the regimes of forced labor in Southern States after Reconstruction?
- Why do you think some aspects of our history are better known than others?