December is designated at the time to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. During this month, we stand together for equality, justice, and the dignity of all human persons.
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND EDUCATORS
Blackmon, Douglas A., Slavery by Another Name. New York: Doubleday, 2008
More recently made into a PBS documentary, this recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II. PBS version includes reader’s guide for students and adults.