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Case for Black Reparations

Case for Black Reparations - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0807009819

Cover of Case for Black Reparations 03 (ISBN 978-0807009819)
ISBN13: 978-0807009819
ISBN10: 0807009814
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Beacon Press, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

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Case for Black Reparations - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0807009819

Boris I. Bittker

ISBN13: 978-0807009819
ISBN10: 0807009814
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Beacon Press, Inc.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Originally published in 1973, Boris Bittker's riveting study of America's debt to African-Americans was well ahead of its time. Published by Toni Morrison when she was an editor, the book came from an unlikely source: Bittker was a white professor of law at Yale University who had long been ambivalent about the idea of reparations. Through his research into the history and theory of reparations -- namely the development and enforcement of laws designed to compensate groups for injustices imposed on them -- he found that it wasn't a "crazy, far-fetched idea." In fact, beginning with post-Civil War demands for forty acres and a mule, African-American thinkers have long made the case that compensatory measures are justified not only for the injury of slavery but for the further setbacks of almost a century of Jim Crow laws and forced school and job segregation, measures that effectively blocked African-Americans from enjoying the privledges of citizenship. The publication of important recent books by black scholars like Randall Robinson and the growth of a highly vocal reparations movement in the beginning of the twenty-first century make this book, long unavailable, essential reading.

Table of Contents

1. The Black Manifesto
2. The Case for Compensation
3. An Alternative Scenario: Suit under Section 1983 for Damages for Deprivation of Constitutional Rights
4. Liability for the Faithful Performance of Official Duties?
5. The Status of Governmental Agencies under Section 1983
6. The Measurement of Damages for Segregation in Public Facilities
7. Section 1983: Epilogue
8. Compensation to Groups or to Individuals?
9. Compensation to Fit Each Beneficiary's Personal Circumstances?
10. Identifying the Beneficiaries
11. The Constitutionality of Black Reparations
12. Black Reparations, Justice, and Social Welfare

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