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        Taking a Stand

        This activity focuses on the different faces of civic engagement by highlighting the many voices of protest against forced labor. Students will read and analyze primary source documents that argued against forced labor. They will also consider what is necessary to spark legislative change. Lastly, students are introduced to forms of modern day slavery and given the chance to develop public awareness campaigns.

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        Warren Reese

        In this excerpt from the book Slavery by Another Name, author Douglas A. Blackmon writes about Warren Reese, Jr., a federal prosecutor who indicted a number of Southern businessmen who practiced peonage and convict leasing. Although Reese was ultimately unsuccessful in effectively prosecuting the businessmen as he deemed fit, his determination and sacrifices are noteworthy. In this clip, Blackmon characterizes Reese and why he was in a good position to fight peonage. Note to Educators: It is most effective to listen to “Warren Reese“ and “Sacrifices” in succession.

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        Letters Poured In

        This film clip from Slavery by Another Name discusses the thousands of ordinary citizens who wrote letters speaking out against peonage and convict leasing.

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        Sacrifices

        In this excerpt from Slavery by Another Name, author Douglas A. Blackmon writes about the challenges of Warren Reese, Jr., a federal prosecutor who indicted a number of Southern businessmen who practiced peonage and convict leasing. Although Reese was ultimately unsuccessful in effectively prosecuting the businessmen as he deemed fit, his determination and sacrifices are noteworthy. In this clip, Blackmon writes about the backlash that Reese faced going up against Southern businessmen and elite. Note to Educators: It is most effective to listen to “Warren Reese“ and “Sacrifices” in succession.

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        End in Sight

        This film clip from Slavery by Another Name highlights what it took — a mix of internal and external governmental pressure — for the federal government to issue anti-peonage legislation and aggressively prosecute cases of forced labor.

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        Reflections on Family Legacies

        This excerpt is from a StoryCorps oral history that features Kate Willis, a descendant of John Williams, a plantation owner who practiced peonage. After being questioned on his farm by two federal agents, Williams, possibly afraid that he might be charged with peonage, had eleven forced laborers murdered who worked on his farm. He was put on trial for murder and became the first white man, since Reconstruction, to be convicted of first-degree murder of a black person. In this clip, Willis discusses the high school paper that she wrote about peonage and Williams’ role in it.

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