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[Source at the Library of Congress](http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2016818521/)
“No no slavery was abolished. These here are criminals!”
115 years later we still doing this
The first thing that I thought was, “I thought we outlawed slavery before 1903.”
That just sounds like slavery with extra steps
From what I can tell, these were taken in Richmond County, Georgia, not far from Augusta, by a photographer for the Detroit Free Press. The article in which they originally appeared is surprisingly complimentary of the system, comparing it with the “Monstrous evils” of lease-labor, and stating that “As a rule, the treatment of the prisoners . . . is humane.” I did not get the feeling that the reporter spent a lot of time on the scene before forming these opinions.