Special: The forced prison labor that made companies rich

Jan. 26, 2023 AT 5:07 p.m. EST

After the Civil War, a new form of slavery -- called "convict leasing" -- took place in the United States. For 60 years, Southern states imprisoned Black men, often for minor crimes, and forced them to work for private companies.

On Washington Week Recommends, Yamiche Alcindor speaks to Margie Mason, with The Associated Press, about how companies profited from this system of forced prison labor, even at the expense of prisoners’ lives.

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