Reparations for Slavery: A Reader

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Should reparations be paid for slavery? If so, who would pay them? Could compensation made today possibly atone for centuries-old injustices? As the debate rages on, Reparations for Slavery: A Reader provides a comprehensive guide to the ethical issues, questions, and historical context of this complex issue.
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Overview

Should reparations be paid for slavery? If so, who would pay them? Could compensation made today possibly atone for centuries-old injustices? As the debate rages on, Reparations for Slavery: A Reader provides a comprehensive guide to the ethical issues, questions, and historical context of this complex issue.
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Provides a valuable introduction to the question of reparations. Recommended.
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Provides a valuable introduction to the question of reparations. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742514751
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald P. Salzberger is a professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Mary C. Turck is currently the editor of Connections to the Americas.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Why reparations? : slavery and its aftermath 3
1 The conditions of slavery 5
Reading 1 Incidents in the life of a slave girl 11
Reading 2 What to the slave is the 4th of July? 14
2 Restoring white supremacy : Jim Crow 17
3 The continuing injuries of slavery and Jim Crow 29
4 Slavery's insults : the continuing nonmaterial injuries of slavery 33
Pt. II Early reparations initiatives 59
5 The nineteenth century 61
Reading 1 Reparations bill for the African slaves in the United States - the first session fortieth Congress 64
Reading 2 Speaking to the U.S. House of Representatives on section 4 of H. R. 29 - the 1867 Slave Reparation Bill 65
6 The mid-twentieth century 69
Reading 1 The Black Manifesto - 1969 70
Reading 2 Compensatory justice and the Black Manifesto 76
Reading 3 H. R. 40, IH 33, 106th Congress, 1st session 91
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 96
Pt. III The contemporary moral debate over restitution 121
7 Reparations for slavery in the popular press 127
Reading 1 Ten reasons why reparations for blacks is a bad idea for blacks - and racist too 127
Reading 2 Ten reasons : a response to David Horowitz 130
8 Reparations for slavery in scholarly writing 141
Reading 1 The case for reparations 141
Reading 2 The case against reparations 151
Pt. IV Underlying questions of responsibility and entitlement 163
9 Collective responsibility : am I responsible for the misdeeds of others? 169
Reading 1 Collective responsibility 169
Reading 2 Relationships and responsibilities 180
10 Historical responsibility : are the sins of the fathers to be visited on their great-great-grandchildren? 197
Reading 1 Ancient wrongs and modern rights 197
Reading 2 Superseding historic injustice 205
Reading 3 Historical obligations 224
Reading 4 Historical injustice and reparations : justifying claims of descendants 236
Pt. V Some devilish details 261
11 Legal matters 263
Reading 1 Forum : making the case for racial reparations, Harper's Magazine 263
12 Economic calculations 289
Reading 1 Wealth matters, from Being black, living in the red 290
Pt. VI Alternatives 301
13 Between vengeance and forgiveness 303
Reading 1 From Between vengeance and forgiveness 303
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