Fort Scott NHS screens "Slavery by Another Name"

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Contact: Bill Fischer, bill_fischer@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Old Fort Boulevard
Post Office Box 918
Fort Scott KS 66701-0918
(620) 223-0310 phone

Slavery by Another Name or “What Really Happened After the Civil War”

FORT SCOTT, Kansas: Fort Scott National Historic Site, in partnership with the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site and the Gordon Parks Center for Diversity and Culture at Fort Scott Community College, present Slavery by Another Name, a PBS film presentation based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon. The 90-minute documentary will be shown in its entirety beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in Room A129, Bailey Hall, on the south Horton Street campus of Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas.

The airing will be followed by a guided discussion on Saturday, October 24, 2015, in the Grand Hall at Fort Scott National Historic Site, beginning at 9 a.m. Using film excerpts, Randal Jelks, Professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, will examine this vicious but largely forgotten episode in American history. Although chattel slavery came to an end in 1865 through U.S. Constitutional amendment following defeat of the Confederacy in the American Civil War, thousands of African Americans living in the South were pulled back into forced labor where they suffered shocking brutality. 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. Tolerated by the nation, such forced labor lasted well into the twentieth century, even as late as 1945! The documentary, narrated by renowned actor Laurence Fishburne, gives voice to both the forgotten victims and those who perpetrated such acts, and features testimony by their descendants.

Slavery by Another Name, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle series, is a 2015 Fort Scott Community College Gordon Parks Celebration event and is being presented in partnership with the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

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