The film, based on Douglas Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, will be broadcast at 9 p.m., Eastern Time and 8 p.m., Central. I was lucky enough to see a preview last night in Atlanta. Like the book, the documentary explores the long-suppressed history of the systematic re-enslavement of black men across the South by local governments and sheriffs in collusion with businesses and farmers. They used local laws, coercion and brutality to create a cheap forced labor pool for Southern businesses, lasting from the 1870s to the 1940s.
More info on the film here.
Buy the book here.