Bill Moyers Journal: Traces of the Trade + Neo-slavery + Race in America

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Bill Moyers Journal
June 20, 2008

Traces of the Trade Preview

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL presents a special preview of the documentary which opens the 21st season of P.O.V. TRACES OF THE TRADE: A STORY OF THE DEEP NORTH tells the story journey of discovery into the history and consequences of slavery. In this bicentennial year of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade, one might think the tragedy of African slavery in the Americas has been exhaustively told. Katrina Browne thought the same, until she discovered that her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island were not an aberration. Rather, they were just the most prominent actors in the North’s vast complicity in slavery, buried in myths of Northern innocence.

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Douglas Blackmon on Neo-slavery

Many Americans are not familiar with Juneteenth — but now 29 states recognize the 19th of June as a state holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 day that General Gordon Granger of the Union Army sailed into Galveston, Texas and read General Order #3, announcing that “all slaves are free.” It was a full two and a half years after slaves in rebel territories had been freed by The Emancipation Proclamation.

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Patterson and Loury on Race in America

As many Americans celebrate “Juneteenth,” a special day of recognition commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL examines racial inequality in America through the prisms of the legacy of slavery and the current socio-economic landscape. Historical and cultural sociologist Orlando Patterson and Glenn C. Loury, an economist and expert on race and social division offer their perspectives in this ground breaking electoral year.

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Moyers on Juneteenth

Finally, some historical footnotes as we close the JOURNAL. Two weekends from now, we’ll celebrate the Fourth of July and America’s Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776. Thirty years later, Britain and the United States each abolished the slave trade. But despite the official ban on importation, slavery continued in America another 60 years — only to be followed after the Civil War, as you just heard, by another hundred years of oppression.

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From the archives:

Modern Day Slavery in the Rainforest by Malcolm

“When they say it’s not about the money…”

‘Guest workers’ or modern slavery? by Peter Boyle

Prisons – a new form of slavery (video)

Challenging Authority: The Role of Social Movements