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Best Book by a Local Author: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

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As the Atlanta bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, Douglas A. Blackmon's no stranger to coverage of the interconnecting issues of race, economy and corporations. This year, he's making waves with his comprehensive exposé SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME: THE RE-ENSLAVEMENT OF BLACK AMERICANS FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO WORLD WAR II. Here Blackmon traces the systematic post-Reconstruction enslavement of African-Americans through the infamous slave-labor prison camps in which blacks often were arrested on petty charges but then remained incarcerated (and hard at work for well-known companies, including U.S. Steel Corp.). The work has earned Blackmon his share of celebrity, with appearances on public radio and television. We smell Pulitzer.

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