Slavery By Another Name: Analyzing a loophole in the 13th Amendment and the emergence of Neoslavery

During their junior year, AOC students will spend the fall semester thoughtfully and carefully analyzing the novel Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of African Americans From the Civil War to World War II, a Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the “Age of Neoslavery,” the American period following the Emancipation Proclamation in which convicts, mostly black men, were “leased” through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments.

Written by American writer and journalist Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name continues several compelling themes that serve as modes of discussion and analysis in the junior year classroom.

These themes include the following:

  • The 13th Amendment, and what is has meant at various times in history

  • The criminalization of Black Americans

  • The impact of white nationalism on American social, economic, and political structures

  • Vagrancy, how it is defined and used at different points in American history

  • How slavery has changed over the centuries (e.g., before the civil war, in the Jim Crow eras, and today)