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Redress for Historical Injustices in the United States On Reparations for Slavery, Jim Crow, and Their Legacies

ISBN-10: 0822340240
ISBN-13: 9780822340249
Edition: 2007
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 728
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

An exceptional resource, this comprehensive reader brings together primary and secondary documents related to efforts to redress historical wrongs against African Americans. These varied efforts are often grouped together under the rubric "reparations movement," and they are united in their goal of "repairing" the injustices that have followed from the long history of slavery and Jim Crow. Yet, as this collection reveals, there is a broad range of opinions as to the form that repair might take. Some advocates of redress call for apologies; others for official acknowledgment of wrongdoing; and still others for more tangible reparations: monetary compensation, government investment in disenfranchised communities, the restitution of lost property and rights, and repatriation. Written by activists and scholars of law, political science, African American studies, philosophy, economics, and history, the twenty-six essays include both previously published articles and pieces written specifically for this volume. Essays theorize the historical and legal bases of claims for redress; examine the history, strengths, and limitations of the reparations movement; and explore its relation to human rights and social justice movements in the United States and abroad. Other essays evaluate the movement's primary strategies: legislation, litigation, and mobilization. While all of the contributors support the campaign for redress in one way or another, some of them engage with arguments against reparations. Among the fifty-three primary documents included in the volume are federal, state, and municipal acts and resolutions; declarations and statements from organizations including the Black PantherParty and the NAACP; legal briefs and opinions; and findings and directives related to the provision of redress, from the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 to the mandate for the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "Redress for Historical Injustices in the United States" is a thorough assessment of the past, present, and future of the modern reparations movement. "Contributors," Richard F. America, Sam Anderson, Martha Biondi, Boris L. Bittker, James Bolner, Roy L. Brooks, Michael K. Brown, Robert S. Browne, Martin Carnoy, Chiquita Collins, J. Angelo Corlett, Elliott Currie, William A. Darity, Jr., Adrienne Davis, Michael C. Dawson, Troy Duster, Dania Frank, Robert Fullinwider, Charles P. Henry, Gerald C. Horne, Robert Johnson, Jr., Robin D. G. Kelley, Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie, Theodore Kornweibel, Jr., David Lyons, Michael T. Martin, Douglas S. Massey, Muntu Matsimela, C. J. Munford, Yusuf Nuruddin, Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Melvin L. Oliver, David B. Oppenheimer, Rovana Popoff, Thomas M. Shapiro, Marjorie M. Shultz, Alan Singer, David Wellman, David R. Williams, Eric K. Yamamoto, Marilyn Yaquinto

Preface
Acknowledgments
On Redress for Racial Injustice
Racial Inequality and White Privilege
Racial Injustices in U.S. History and Their Legacy
Race Preferences and Race Privileges
A Sociology of Wealth and Racial Inequality
Law, Citizenship, and the State
The Case for Reparations
Toward a Theory of Racial Reparations
The Constitutionality of Black Reparations
The Theory of Restitution: The African American Case
Reparations to African Americana?
Reparations: Formation and Modes of Redress
"A Day of Reckoning": Dreams of Reparations
Forty Acres, or, An Act of Bad Faith
The Economic Basis for Reparations to Black America
The Political Economy of Ending Racism and the World Conference against Racism: The Economics of Reparations
The Rise of the Reparations Movement
Case Studies of Injustice and Intervention
Nineteenth-Century New York City's Complicity with Slavery: Documenting the Case for Reparations
Railroads, Race, and Reparations
Reparations: A Viable Strategy to Address the Enigma of African American Health
Residential Segregation and Persistent Urban Poverty
Mobilizing Strategies
The Politics of Racial Reparations
The Case for U.S. Reparations to African Americans
The Promises and Pitfalls of Reparations
Repatriation as Reparations for Slavery and Jim Crow
What's Next? Japanese American Redress and African American Reparations
The Reparations Movement: An Assessment of Recent and Current Activism
Reparations: Strategic Considerations for Black Americans
Tulsa Reparations: The Survivors' Story
Race for Power: The Global Balance of Power and Reparations
Documents
Federal Acts and Resolutions
The Second Confiscation Act (1862)
Special Field Orders, No. 15 (1865)
Freedmen's Bureau Act (1865)
Southern Homestead Act (1866)
House Resolution 29 (1867)
Civil Liberties Act (1988)
House Resolution 356 (2000)
House Resolution 40 (2005)
Senate Resolution 39 (2005)
Senate Resolution 44 (2005)
State Legislation
Michigan House Bill No. 5562 (2000)
California Senate Bill No. 2199 (2000)
California Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 (2001)
New Jersey African-American Reconciliation Study Commission Act (2003)
Texas House Joint Resolution 25 (2003)
Maryland House Joint Resolution 4 (2004)
Municipal Resolutions
City of Detroit (1989)
City of Chicago (2000)
City of San Francisco (2001)
City of New York Resolution 41 (2002)
City of New York Resolution 219 (2002)
District of Columbia (2003)
City of New York Resolution 57 (2004)
City of New York Resolution 195 (2004)
City of Philadelphia (2004)
Advocacy and Activism
United Negro Improvement Association (1920): "Declaration of the Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World"
Civil Rights Congress (1951): "We Charge Genocide"
Malcolm X (1964): Appeal to African Heads of State
Black Panther Party for Self Defense (1967): What We Want; What We Believe
Republic of New Africa (1968): Declaration of Independence
Black Panther Party (1969): Reparations for Vietnam
National Black Economic Development Conference (1969): The Black Manifesto
National Black Political Agenda (1972): The Gary Declaration
Black Panther Party (1973): Petition to the United Nations
Nation of Islam (1990): A Case for Reparations
Black Radical Congress (1999): The Freedom Agenda
Reparations Support Committee (1999/2000): "To the President of the United States of America"
Randall Robinson, TransAfrica Forum (2000): Restatement of the Black Manifesto
National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (2000): The Reparations Campaign
The NDABA Movement (2004): National Reparations Petition
NAACP (2005): NAACP Supports Reintroduction of Reparations Study Legislation
American Bar Association Recommendation (2006)
Episcopal Church (2006): Call for the Episcopal Church to Study Responsibility for Reparations
Case Studies of Redress
The White House (1997): Apology for Study Done in Tuskegee
Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (2000)
Mandate for the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004)
Rosewood Victims v. State of Florida (2004): Special Master's Final Report
Florida Statute 1004.60 (2004)
Florida Statute 1009.55 (2004)
Lawsuits
Timothy Pigford, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Dan Glickman, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture, Defendant (1998): Opinion
Civil Actions Nos. 97-1978, 98-1693 (1999): Opinion
In re African-American Slave Descendants Litigation (2004): Opinion
Selected Bibliography
Contributors
Acknowledgment of Copyrights
Index

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