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    From Chains to Chains: “13th” tells the story of mass incarceration

    The film “13th” is a must see for anyone who wants to understand America’s ongoing struggle with race relations. This riveting documentary takes you step-by-step through the historical events that resulted in America containing 25% of the world’s prison population. With an excellent cast of interviewees and shocking archival footage, “13th” explores the underpinning economics, legislation and stereotypes that led to a form of “legalized slavery.” The documentary starts with the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery. The exception to the amendment are criminals. After the emancipation of Southern slaves following the Civil War, this clause was heavily exploited by those unwilling to relinquish slaves for both…