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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: 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