If you're not able to watch "Slavery by Another Name," based on Doug Blackmon's thoroughly researched history with the same title, be sure to set your DVRs. It's on from 8 to 10 p.m. tonight on PBS.
History teachers and their students especially should watch the show, not just for the story it tells but for the scholarship and meticulous research behind its telling. Every line uttered by an actor in the film is documented in one of the countless journals, letters or other records that Doug scoured during his years of investigation. While the history is painful to accept, a healing touch in the documentary is the present-day reaction from descendants of the both the victims and victimizers.
Doug, now an editor with the Wall Street Journal, grew up in Mississippi and Arkansas and graduated from Hendrix College.