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Death Row in Alabama (02:33)


A former death-row inmate recalls his arrest and the treatment he received from police in Monroeville, AL. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter speaks out against injustices against blacks. Is the death penalty just a craving for retaliation?

Post-Civil War Reign of Terror Against Black People (03:04)

A reign of terror against blacks followed the end of the Civil War. Blacks were lynched with little or no provocation. The law did not protect blacks from injustice. After 19 years on death row for a crime he did not commit, a black man tells his story.

Prison Populations (03:17)

Prison populations have grown from 200,000 in 1972 to 2.3 million today. One in 3 black men aged 18-30 are imprisoned, on parole, or on probation. This new class of people is becoming America's "untouchables."

Inhumanity of Death Row (03:41)

The process of being on death row is traumatizing emotionally and physically. Death row inmates know the state is trying to kill them--the suicide rate is high. A convicted killer on death row is freed when false evidence at this trial comes to light.

Injustice for Blacks in Alabama (03:30)

The death penalty in America is defined by error. The politics of the death penalty make it difficult to get a reliable verdict. An Alabama jury of 12 white people convicts a black man of capital murder. Elected judges perpetuate racial biases.

Death of an Innocent Man (04:05)

A sheriff who supports the death penalty in Alabama believes the appeals process dilutes the deterrent effect of the death penalty. Public officials ignore evidence of a man’s innocence on death row. The executed man's family is distraught.

Wrongful Convictions (02:45)

In Alabama, over 70 death penalty cases have been overturned based on errors in the system. Often prosecutors illegally refuse to put black people on juries. An innocent man spent 21 years on death row before he was released.

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Black Death in Dixie: Racism and the Death Penalty in the United States

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Challenging viewers to look beyond mainstream media treatment of the death penalty, this program portrays capital punishment as a blunt instrument that disproportionately targets racial minorities and the poor. The film highlights several difficult issues, concepts, and social conditions—including statistics on the racial makeup of America’s death row population; questionable convictions resulting from mistaken identification; the emotional and psychological toll on those wrongfully convicted; and the lingering effects of the Jim Crow era—or what many have called America’s 20th-century apartheid system—in which lynching functioned as de facto capital punishment. (26 minutes)

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL39112

ISBN: 978-1-4213-9086-4

Copyright date: ©2007

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

“An alarming documentary that packs a powerful sociopolitical punch, this is recommended."—Video Librarian (3 out of 4 stars)


“An authoritative presentation of facts and statistics, woven with the personal stories of those wrongfully convicted. Recommended for public and academic criminal justice collections.” —Library Journal

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