Reparations for Slavery: A Reader is a collection of essays on the topic of reparations for slavery in the United States. Unlike many other readers on such topics, this book includes a substantial number of essays designed to provide the entire discussion with an historical context by giving the reader a vivid sense of the injuries inflicted by slavery, its aftermath, and the continuing history of state-supported discrimination.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 General Introduction Part 3 INDISPENSABLE PRELIMINARIES Part 4 Part I: Why Reparations? Slavery and Its Aftermath Chapter 5 The Conditions of Slavery Chapter 6 Restoring White Supremacy: Jim Crow Chapter 7 The Continuing Injuries of Slavery and Jim Crow Chapter 8 Slavery's Insults: The Continuing Nonmaterial Injuries of Slavery Part 9 Part II: Early Reparations Initiatives Chapter 10 Nineteenth Century Chapter 11 Reading 1 Reparations Bill for the African Slaves in the United States-The First Session Fortieth Congress Chapter 12 Reading 2 Thaddeus Stevens, Quoted Speaking to the U.S. House of Representatives on Section 4 of H.R. 29-The 1867 Slave Reparation Bill Chapter 13 Mid-Twentieth Century Chapter 14 Reading 1 James Forman, Black Manifesto-1969 Chapter 15 Reading 2 Hugo Bedau, Summary of Compensatory Justice and the Black Manifesto Chapter 16 Reading 3 H.R. 40, IH 33, 106th Congress, 1st Session Chapter 17 Reading 4 The Official Record from Hansard of the Debate Initiated by Lord Gifford QC in the House of Lords of the British Parliament on 14th March 1996 Concerning the African Reparations Part 18 THE MAIN QUESTIONS Part 19 Part III: The Contemporary Moral Debate Over Restitution Chapter 20 Reparations for Slavery in the Popular Press Chapter 21 Reading 1 David Horowitz, "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks Is a Bad Idea for Blacks-And Racist Too" Chapter 22 Reading 2 Ernest Allen Jr. and Robert Chrisman, "Ten Reasons: A Response to David Horowitz" Chapter 23 Reparations for Slavery in Scholarly Writing Chapter 24 Reading 1 Robert K. Fullinwider, "The Case For Reparations" Chapter 25 Reading 2 Stephen Kershnar, "The Case Against Reparations" Part 26 Part IV: Underlying Questions of Responsibility and Entitlement Chapter 27 Collective Responsibility: Am I Responsible for the Misdeeds of Others? Chapter 28 Reading 1 Nicholas Rescher, "Collective Responsibility" Chapter 29 Reading 2 Samuel Scheffler, "Relationships and Responsibilities" Chapter 30 Historical Responsibility: Are the Sins of the Fathers to Be Visited on Their Great Great Grandchildren? Chapter 31 Reading 1 George Sher, "Ancient Wrongs and Modern Rights" Chapter 32 Reading 2 Jeremy Waldron, "Superseding Historic Injustice" Chapter 33 Reading 3 Janna Thompson, "Historical Obligations" Chapter 34 Reading 4 Janna Thompson, "Historical Injustice and Reparations: Justifying Claims of Descendants" Part 35 IMPORTANT SUBSIDIARY ISSUES Part 36 Part V: Some Devilish Details Chapter 37 Legal Matters Chapter 38 Reading 1"Making the Case for Racial Reparations," Harpers Magazine Chapter 39 Economic Calculations Chapter 40 Reading 1 Dalton Conley, "Wealth Matters," from Being Black, Living in the Red Part 41 Part VI: Alternatives Chapter 43 Reading 1 Martha Minow, from Between Vengeance and Forgiveness Chapter 44 Bibliography Chapter 45 Index Chapter 46 About the Contributors