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  •  Those laws were put in place in part (13+ / 0-)

    To facilitate the convict leasing system.

    The writer Douglas A. Blackmon described the system:

        "It was a form of bondage distinctly different from that of the antebellum South in that for most men, and the relatively few women drawn in, this slavery did not last a lifetime and did not automatically extend from one generation to the next. But it was nonetheless slavery – a system in which armies of free men, guilty of no crimes and entitled by law to freedom, were compelled to labor without compensation, were repeatedly bought and sold, and were forced to do the bidding of white masters through the regular application of extraordinary physical coercion.[4]

    White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

    by BOHICA on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:04:43 PM PST

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