The Story of Peonage

The fascinating thing about history is that the stories always lead you to other related stories and aspects of the human condition.  In the last edition (sorry for the extended delay) I talked about the experience of black women in the convict leasing system.  Author Talitha LeFlouria, in Chained In Silence, documents the tragic history

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Black Women and Convict Leasing

Like slavery, convict leasing had multiple dimensions that were particularly hard on black women.  Particularly hard does not satisfactorily capture the misery suffered by black women prisoners, but I don’t have the words to better describe her narrative.  Women prisoners worked in the traditional jobs such as washer women and seamstresses but were often worked beside men in the heaviest tasks

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How Convict Leasing Worked

The convict leasing system had adapted itself the a new social order after the civil war.  States used the exception within the 13th amendment-that outlawed slavery- to imprison and hire out convicts to individuals and companies that desperately needed to rebuild a southern economy devastated by the war.  Whether by gang labor or individual task,

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Introduction to J Pearson & Associates

My name is James Pearson and I am the executive director of J Pearson & Associates.  We are a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to present the history of the African Diaspora.  Over the past year we have presented films about the forced displacement of African Americans, i.e. Tulsa Race Riot, the story of Ida

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