And the war came. And slavery did not go away.

  • by: COURTLAND MILLOY , Washington Post
  • Updated: February 12, 2012 - 5:19 PM

When talking about his childhood in Arkansas during the 1920s and '30s, my father always mentions a sheriff who rented out prisoners to wealthy landowners. Black men arrested on charges such as vagrancy and drunkenness, or just for being "uppity," were forced to pay off their fines by working in coal mines, cotton fields, turpentine camps and timber mills.

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