Meet the descendants from Slavery by Another Name. As author Douglas A. Blackmon traveled the country talking about his book “Slavery by Another Name,” he was surprised by the number of readers who told him that the book made them reassess their own family histories. Many people talked about needing to reassess accounts of forced labor passed down by relatives which they had initially not believed. Others started to notice gaps in their family history, glossed-over accounts of their childhoods, or mysterious relatives whose fates were largely unknown.
With the advent of Slavery by Another Name, Americans are now realizing that their family histories may be radically different than what they once believed. Whether their ancestors were victims or purveyors, many people are now discussing, coming to terms with, and learning more about forced labor.