The thirteenth amendment of the constitution states:
“Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.6″
In the part that I highlighted, you can infer a loophole that has influenced American society after the “abolishment” of slavery, which is that prisoners could be enslaved. Both Angela Davis and Michelle Alexander have discussed how prisons and the prison industrial complex in the 20th and 21st century contribute to the racialized capitalist structure. On Monday at 9 p.m., PBS will be airing the documentary, Slavery By Another Name, based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s book of the same name.
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Just watched this movie. I ordered it to see if it would work for some of my classes. I’m not entirely happy with the presentation, but it’s damned important work. If you’re interested in the topic David Graeber’s book on the history of debt is another good source.