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    Convict leasing in the south in
    this period becomes a new way
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    of racial control among white southerners
    attempting to limit African American
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    economic independence and
    freedom in general.
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    And what that means is that
    state officials would sell
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    the labor of an African America
    prisoner to a private contractor.
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    The terms of that agreement
    usually involved a period of time,
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    say ten days for a very
    minor sentence to up to a year.
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    And in exchange for getting the labor
    of the prisoner and taking full custody
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    of the prisoner by the private contractor,
    the state would receive revenue.
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    What that meant in terms of what
    convict leasing involved was that
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    African Americans would work in any
    industry, whether working for
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    a private farmer, whether it was in
    a brick making factory, a coal mine,
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    any number of business concerns and
    the business owner would have
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    absolute dominion over the Black person
    for the period of time of the lease.
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    But once you were in the system,
    you could spend the rest of
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    your life there and that was a direct
    consequence of the reality of being
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    a convict lease and having to fight
    literally to survive day by day
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    in incredibly brutal conditions.
Title:
https:/.../Convict+Leasing+Slavery+By+Another+Name+Bento+PBS.mp4
Video Language:
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Duration:
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