Douglas A. Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery By Another Name, will become a PBS documentary and renowned actor Laurence Fishburne will narrate the project.
The film examines the labor practices and laws "that effectively created new forms of slavery" after emancipation, subjecting blacks to brutal forced work.
Directed by Sam Pollard (Eyes on the Prize, The Blues, When the Levees Broke), the 90 minute documentary will recount how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.
Produced by a division of the PBS affiliate for Minneapolis-St. Paul, the film will debut Feb. 13, 2012 as part of PBS' Black History Month programming.
Check out the clips below of Blackmon, a Wall Street Journal writer, being interviewed by Bill Moyers about the book.