Fact check: Southern states used convict leasing to force Black people into unpaid labor

The claim: Convict leasing, an example of systemic racism, was used to force Black people into unpaid labor for private and state industry.

Initial assertions in the June 15 Facebook post reference several Southern states leasing convicts after ratification of the 13th Amendment ended slavery. Nine states — Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina — are mentioned.

These states did use a convict leasing system after the Civil War. Some states, like Louisiana, also used convict leasing pre-war, but the numbers exploded after slavery ended.

The convict leasing system exploited a clause in the 13th Amendment to provide a basis for involuntary servitude.

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Source: MSN

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