Convict leasing

Convict leasing was a system of penal labor practiced in the Southern United States, beginning with the emancipation of slaves at the end of the American Civil War in 1865, peaking around 1880. Convict leasing in Mississippi ended in 1890.
Some described the convict lease in Mississippi as “worse than slavery.” The reason, quite simply, was that antebellum slaves represented a major capital investment for the planter. Economic reality, and varying degrees of paternalism, insured that the antebellum slave would be cared for; the new system absolved everyone from these responsibilities when it came to the treatment of leased convicts.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Forgive us our sins–our racism, our greed, our indifference to the suffering of others, and our failure to look upon our fellow mankind with the eyes of Christ.

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