Description of Slavery in America - Panel Discussion
Instructor: Warren Anderson
Ratified in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Attendees shall watch the Netflix documentary “13TH” before the panel discussion. The “13TH” documentary takes a look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison system affects people of color. The film describes that 25% of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated within the U.S, although the U.S. has just 5% of the world’s population. In 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners, today there are more than 2 million. The documentary touches on chattel slavery; D. W. Griffith's film "The Birth of a Nation"; Emmett Till; the civil rights movement; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Richard M. Nixon; and Ronald Reagan's declaration of the war on drugs and much more.
A recommended read before the discussion would be Michelle Alexander’s 2010 best seller, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
This event is intended for Anyone.