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Running Head: 13THDOCUMENTARY ANALYSIS113thDocumentary AnalysisNameInstitutionProfessorCourseDate
13THDOCUMENTARY ANALYSIS2SummaryThe 13thAmendment of the Constitution of the United States abolished slavery in thecountry. However, it also contained another provision that is unknown to many people. This iswhat the documentary explores. The amendment states that “Either slavery nor involuntaryservitude, 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.” The fact that theamendment excludes convicts from the list of those who shall not be enslaved or subjected toinvoluntary servitude means that it is justified for force labor to be used on anyone provided theyare convicts. The documentary claims that this exception is one of the justifications that are usedto continually dominate people of color. The director of the documentary, AVA Duvernay,supports her points by use of interviews and historical footage.The populations in prisons exploded rapidly when President Nixon called for “Law andOrder.” Although the population of the United States is only 5% of the total population of theworld, the number of prisoners in the United States is 25% of the total number of prisoners in the

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