The Case for Black Reparations / Edition 2

The Case for Black Reparations / Edition 2

by Boris I. Bittker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807009814

ISBN-13: 9780807009819

Pub. Date: 05/16/2003

Publisher: Beacon Press

The groundbreaking first book on black reparations, essential reading for the twenty-first century

Originally published in 1972, Boris Bittker's riveting study of America's debt to African-Americans was well ahead of its time. Published by Toni Morrison when she was an editor, the book came from an unlikely source: Bittker was a white professor of law at Yale

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The groundbreaking first book on black reparations, essential reading for the twenty-first century

Originally published in 1972, Boris Bittker's riveting study of America's debt to African-Americans was well ahead of its time. Published by Toni Morrison when she was an editor, the book came from an unlikely source: Bittker was a white professor of law at Yale University who had long been ambivalent about the idea of reparations. Through his research into the history and theory of reparations-namely the development and enforcement of lawsdesigned to compensate groups for injustices imposed on them-he found that it wasn't a'crazy, far-fetched idea.' In fact, beginning with post-Civil War demands for forty acres and a mule, African-American thinkers have long made the case that compensatory measures are justified not only for the injury of slavery but for the further setbacks of almost a century of Jim Crow laws and forced school and job segregation, measures that effectively blocked African-Americans from enjoying the privledges of citizenship.

The publication of important recent books by black scholars like Randall Robinson and the growth of a highly vocal reparations movement in the beginning of this century make this book, long unavailable, essential reading. Bittker carefully illuminates the historical provisions and statutes for legitimate claims to reparations, the national and international precedents for such claims, and most important, the obstacles to a national policy of reparations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807009819
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
05/16/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,004,411
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Preface to the Revised Editionxiii
1.The Black Manifesto3
2.The Case for Compensation8
3.An Alternative Scenario: Suit under Section 1983 for Damages for Deprivation of Constitutional Rights30
4.Liability for the Faithful Performance of Official Duties?36
5.The Status of Governmental Agencies under Section 198349
6.The Measurement of Damages for Segregation in Public Facilities59
7.Section 1983: Epilogue68
8.Compensation to Groups or to Individuals?71
9.Compensation to Fit Each Beneficiary's Personal Circumstances?87
10.Identifying the Beneficiaries91
11.The Constitutionality of Black Reparations105
12.Black Reparations, Justice, and Social Welfare128
Notes139
Appendix AManifesto159
Appendix BWest German Reparations to Nazi Victims177

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