Douglas A. Blackmon

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Douglas A. Blackmon
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Blackmon at Miller Center in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 16, 2012
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
Stuttgart, 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 and 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]

Early life and education[edit]

Blackmon was born in Stuttgart, 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.[2] It was the site of a plantation strike among black laborers, leading to extensive civil rights activity in the mid-twentieth century.[2] He graduated from Hendrix College.[3]


Blackmon with Bernie Sanders in 2015

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.[3] In 1995, he began working for The Wall Street Journal and in 2012 became its Atlanta bureau chief.[3]

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.[4] In 2009, Blackmon was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for Slavery by Another Name.[1][5]

A documentary film based on Blackmon's book, also called Slavery by Another Name, was aired February 13, 2012, on PBS stations.[4] The film can be viewed in its entirety on the PBS website.[6]

Blackmon is currently the host and executive producer of American Forum, a weekly public-affairs program broadcast on more than 100 PBS stations in the United States. It is produced in conjunction with the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, where Blackmon is a senior fellow and the Director of Public Programs.[7]


  1. ^ a b "General Nonfiction". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bo Emerson, "Douglas A. Blackmon discusses African-American labor", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3 September 2009, accessed 17 October 2012
  3. ^ a b c "Douglas A. Blackmon". PBS. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Slavery by Another Name". Retrieved 30 December 2011.  Official website
  5. ^ Brett, Jennifer (April 21, 2009). "The Pulitzer Prizes: Ex-AJC reporter wins book award". 'The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. 
  6. ^ Watch: Slavery by Another Name on PBS
  7. ^ "Douglas Blackmon", Miller Center, accessed August 17, 2017

Douglas Blackmon recently Appeared on American Forum; interviewing Henry Winger ?. This program Aired on UEN (Utah Educational Network).