Learn about the history of slavery, involuntary servitude, and abolition in California and the United States.

California Legislative Information -- Abolish Bondage Collectively

Stories From Retired Slaves | Prisoners with Children

Gold Chains

Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California | ACLU NorCal

California Reparations Task Force Report


Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system examines how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.

Experts Explain the Slavery Loophole in the 13th Amendment

A discussion of the way the 13th amendment has effectively continued the practice of slavery in America since the end of the Civil War.

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The Convict Lease SystemIda B. Wells

From Ida B. Wells 1893 “The Reason Why the Colored American is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition,” this text describes the de facto system of forced labor—or slavery—instituted by southern states after the Civil War. A modified form of convict leasing still exists today in California and many other states.

Uneven Justice: State Rates of Incarceration by Race and EthnicityThe Sentencing Project

Learn about the impact of incarceration on Black and Hispanic communities.

The Prison Industry 2020Worth Rises

Learn about the impact of the private prison industry on mass incarceration in various states, including California

I Denounce the So-Called Emancipation as a Stupendous Fraud

In 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who had escaped slavery in the South before the Civil War, visited Sout Carolina and Georgia and wrote of ingrained injustices he saw for Black Americans in a post-emancipation world.


Abolition Today Podcast

This weekly online radio program focuses on modern slavery as it is practiced through the 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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