Douglas A. Blackmon

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Douglas A. Blackmon
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Born 1964 (age 49–50)
Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Journalist
Nationality American
Notable works Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Douglas A. Blackmon (born 1964) is an American writer, journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Blackmon was born in Arkansas and grew up in Leland, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta. He has said that the small town of 10,000 was split evenly between blacks and whites; the county and area, one of plantations, was majority black.[3] It was the site of a plantation strike among black laborers, leading to extensive civil rights activity in the mid-twentieth century.[3] He graduated from Hendrix College.[4]

Career[edit]

Blackmon first worked as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat and as the managing editor of the Daily Record, both in Little Rock. He later moved to Atlanta, where he worked as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.[4]

In 1995, he began working for The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). As of 2012 Blackmon became its Atlanta bureau chief.[4]

In 2008, Blackmon published Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, which explored the history of peonage and convict lease labor in the South after the American Civil War. He revealed the stories of tens of thousands of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude, which lasted into the 20th century.[2]

Blackmon was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2009.[citation needed]

Slavery by Another Name, a documentary film based on Blackmon's book, was aired February 13, 2012 on PBS stations. It can be viewed in its entirety on the PBS website.[5][2][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes: Ex-AJC reporter wins book award". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Slavery by Another Name". Retrieved 30 December 2011.  Official website
  3. ^ a b Bo Emerson, "Douglas A. Blackmon discusses African-American labor", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3 September 2009, accessed 17 October 2012
  4. ^ a b c "Douglas A. Blackmon". PBS. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  5. ^ Jennifer Brett, "THE PULITZER PRIZES: Ex-AJC reporter wins book award", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (April 21, 2009)
  6. ^ Watch: Slavery by Another Name on PBS