Douglas A. Blackmon
|Douglas A. Blackmon|
|Notable work(s)||Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II|
Douglas A. Blackmon (born 1964) is an American writer, journalist and a Pulitzer Prize winner in 2009 for his book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.
It was adapted by PBS as a documentary film by the same name, shown in February 2012 and available for viewing at its website.
Early life and education
Blackmon was born in Arkansas and grew up in Leland, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta. He has said that the small town of 10,000 was split evenly between blacks and whites; the county and area, one of plantations, was majority black. It was the site of a plantation strike among black laborers, leading to extensive civil rights activity in the mid-twentieth century. He graduated from Hendrix College. Blackmon currently lives in Georgia with his wife and two children.
Blackmon first worked as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat and as the managing editor of the Daily Record, both in Little Rock. He later moved to Atlanta, where he worked as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 2008, Blackmon published Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, which explored the history of peonage and convict lease labor in the South after the American Civil War. He revealed the stories of tens of thousands of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude, which lasted into the 20th century. It is based on a vast record of original documents and personal narratives.
Blackmon was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2009; the Pulitzer committee called Blackmon's book "a precise and eloquent work that examines a deliberate system of racial suppression and that rescues a multitude of atrocities from virtual obscurity."
Blackmon has a wife and two children, to whom his book is dedicated. He also has two older brothers.
University of Virginia
Blackmon now teaches Public Intellectuals in the Media at the University of Virginia.
- "The Pulitzer Prizes: Ex-AJC reporter wins book award". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- "Slavery by Another Name". Retrieved 30 December 2011. Official website
- Bo Emerson, "Douglas A. Blackmon discusses African-American labor", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3 September 2009, accessed 17 October 2012
- "Douglas A. Blackmon". PBS. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- The Pulitzer Prizes
- Jennifer Brett, "THE PULITZER PRIZES: Ex-AJC reporter wins book award", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (April 21, 2009)
- Watch: Slavery by Another Name on PBS
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