Reparations: Pro and Con / Edition 1

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Overview

Today, the debate over reparations—whether African-Americans should be compensated for decades of racial subjugation—stands as the most racially divisive issue in American politics. In this short, definitive work, Alfred L. Brophy, a leading expert on racial violence, traces the reparations issue from the 1820s to the present in order to assess the arguments on both sides of the current debate. Taking us inside litigation and legislatures past and present; examining failed and successful lawsuits; and exploring reparations actions by legislatures, newspapers, schools, businesses, and truth commissions, this book offers a valuable historical and legal perspective for reparations advocates and critics alike.

"A book about reparations and its contentious qualities that is a must-read for all. If you want to know the essence of the debate, this book is for you."
—Charles K. Ogletree, Jr., Harvard Law School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195304077
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 463,562
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred L. Brophy is Reef C. Ivey II Professor Law at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation and Book Reviews Editor of Law and History Review. He contributed to the report to the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, a body created by the Oklahoma Legislature to investigate the riot and make recommendations for reparations. Brophy has appeared on CNN's News Night with Aaron Brown, NBC Nightly News, NPR's "Fresh Air," the "Tavis Smiley Show," and "Talk of the Nation," and has been quoted in such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Understanding reparations : reparations definitions, goals, history, and theory
1 Reparations definitions 3
2 Black (and other) reparations in history 19
Pt. II Reparations ascendant : the recent renascence of reparations debate and refined reparations theory
3 The modern Black reparations movement : why now, why, and what? 55
4 Against reparations 75
Pt. III Implementing reparations : reparations practice
5 Evaluating reparations lawsuits 97
6 Legislative reparations 141
Pt. IV Possibilities for the future
7 Reparations future, realistic reparations, and models of reparations 167
App. 1 Special field orders, no. 15 (1865) 183
App. 2 A bill (H.R. 29) relative to damages done to loyal men, and for other purposes [confiscation] (1867) 187
App. 3 Slavery Study Bill, H.R. 40, 106th Congress, 1st session (1999) 191
App. 4 California Slavery Era Insurance Registry (2000) 199
App. 5 Chicago Slavery Era Insurance Disclosure Ordinance 2-92-585 (2003) 199
App. 6 President Bush speaks at Goree Island in Senegal (2003) 203
App 7 108th Congress, 2nd session, Senate Joint Resolution 37 (2004) 207
App 8 United States Senate apology for failure to pass anti-lynching legislation, 109th Congress, 1st session 211
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