Sins of the Parents: The Politics of National Apologies in the United States

Sins of the Parents: The Politics of National Apologies in the United States

by Brian Weiner
ISBN-10:
1592133177
ISBN-13:
9781592133178
Pub. Date:
07/28/2005
Publisher:
Temple University Press
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Sins of the Parents: The Politics of National Apologies in the United States

Debates have swirled around the question of national forgiveness for the past fifty years. Using two examples-the land claims of the Oneida Indians and the claims for reparations to Japanese Americans interned during World War II-Brian Weiner suggests a way of thinking about national misdeeds. Arguing beyond collective "innocence" or "guilt," Sins of the Parents offers a model of collective responsibility to deal with past wrongs in such a way as to reinvigorate our notion of citizenship.

Drawing upon the writings of Abraham Lincoln and Hannah Arendt, Weiner offers a definition of political responsibility that at once defines citizenship and sidesteps the familial, racial, and ethnic questions that often ensnare debates about national apologies. An original contribution to political theory and practice, Sins of the Parents will become a much discussed contribution in the debate about what it is to be an American.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592133178
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Series: Politics, History, and Social Change Ser
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Past Wrongs, Present Responsibilities?
1. The Promises of Great Nations: The Oneida Land Claims Cases
2. Explaining (away) The Misdeed of Political Ancestors
3. The Birth and Death of Political Memories
4. The Political Responsibility of Citizens
5. The Political Promise and Limitations of National Apologies
Conclusion
Bibliography

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