ST. PAUL — The United Nations announced a panel discussion and screening of tpt’s locally produced program Slavery by Another Name to be held this Wednesday evening.
The panel will feature Slavery by Another Name producer and director Sam Pollard. The Slavery by Another Name event is part of a series of U.N. events to observe the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. More information may be found here: http://www.un.org/events/calendar/.
Slavery by Another Name, which premiered nationally on PBS in February of this year, challenges one of America’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. This documentary tells a harrowing story of how in the South, even as chattel slavery came to an end, new forms of involuntary servitude, including convict leasing, debt slavery and peonage, took its place with shocking force — brutalizing and ultimately circumscribing the lives of hundreds of thousands of African Americans well into the 20th century.
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.
The program spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments, filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon, author of the Pulitzer Prize- winning book “Slavery by Another Name” and with leading scholars of this period.
TPT National Productions is a division of Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), the PBS member station in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and is among the primary content producers for America’s national public television system. In addition to crafting award-winning series, documentaries and specials, tpt National Productions amplifies its reach and impact through innovative interactive media, educational outreach programs and community engagement initiatives.
Past tpt productions include national Primetime Emmy Award winners Benjamin Franklin and TheForgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s; Writer’s Guild Nominees Alexander Hamilton and Dolley Madison; the Peabody winner Depression: Out of the Shadows; Emmy Award-winning children’s science series DragonflyTV and SciGirls; and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection Slavery by Another Name.