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Reparations for Slavery: A Reader by Mary C. Turck

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742514751
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Indispensable Preliminaries
Part IWhy Reparations? Slavery and Its Aftermath3
1The Conditions of Slavery5
Reading 1Harriet Jacobs: "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"11
Reading 2Frederick Douglass: "What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?"14
2Restoring White Supremacy: Jim Crow17
3The Continuing Injuries of Slavery and Jim Crow29
4Slavery's Insults: The Continuing Nonmaterial Injuries of Slavery33
Part IIEarly Reparations Initiatives59
5The Nineteenth Century61
Reading 1Reparations Bill for the African Slaves in the United States--The First Session Fortieth Congress64
Reading 2Thaddeus Stevens, Quoted Speaking to the U.S. House of Representatives on Section 4 of H. R. 29--The 1867 Slave Reparation Bill65
6The Mid-Twentieth Century69
Reading 1James Forman: "The Black Manifesto"--196970
Reading 2Hugo Bedau: "Compensatory Justice and The Black Manifesto"76
Reading 3H. R. 40, IH 33, 106th Congress, 1st Session91
Reading 4The 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 Reparations96
The Main Questions
Part IIIThe Contemporary Moral Debate over Restitution121
7Reparations for Slavery in the Popular Press127
Reading 1David Horowitz: "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks Is a Bad Idea for Blacks--and Racist Too"127
Reading 2Ernest Allen Jr. and Robert Chrisman: "Ten Reasons: A Response to David Horowitz"130
8Reparations for Slavery in Scholarly Writing141
Reading 1Robert K. Fullinwider: "The Case for Reparations"141
Reading 2Stephen Kershnar: "The Case against Reparations"151
Part IVUnderlying Questions of Responsibility and Entitlement163
9Collective Responsibility: Am I Responsible for the Misdeeds of Others?169
Reading 1Nicholas Rescher: "Collective Responsibility"169
Reading 2Samuel Scheffler: "Relationships and Responsibilities"180
10Historical Responsibility: Are the Sins of the Fathers to Be Visited on Their Great-Great-Grandchildren?197
Reading 1George Sher: "Ancient Wrongs and Modern Rights"197
Reading 2Jeremy Waldron: "Superseding Historic Injustice"205
Reading 3Janna Thompson: "Historical Obligations"224
Reading 4Janna Thompson: "Historical Injustice and Reparations: Justifying Claims of Descendants"236
Important Subsidiary Issues
Part VSome Devilish Details261
11Legal Matters263
Reading 1Forum: "Making the Case for Racial Reparations," Harper's Magazine263
12Economic Calculations289
Reading 1Dalton Conley: "Wealth Matters," from Being Black, Living in the Red290
Part VIAlternatives301
13Between Vengeance and Forgiveness303
Reading 1Martha Minow: From Between Vengeance and Forgiveness303
About the Editors349

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