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Should America Pay?

Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations


About the Book

Growing interest in reparations for African Americans has prompted a range of responses, from lawsuits against major corporations and a march in Washington to an anti-reparations ad campaign. As a result, the link between slavery and contemporary race relations is more potent and obvious than ever. Grassroots organizers, lawmakers, and distinguished academics have embraced the idea that reparations should be pursued vigorously in the courts and legislature. But others ask, Who should pay? And could reparations help heal the wounds of the past?

This comprehensive collection -- the only of its kind -- gathers together the seminal essays and key participants in the debate. Pro-reparations essays, including contributions by Congressman John Conyers Jr., Christopher Hitchens, and Professor Molefi Asante, are countered with arguments by Shelby Steele, Armstrong Williams, and John McWhorter, among others. Also featured are important documents, such as the First Congressional Reparations Bill of 1867 and the Dakar Declaration of 2001, as well as a new chapter on the current status and future direction of the movement.

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Critical Praise

“This book is simply the best treatment of the reparations movement available in print. Don’t miss it!” —Cornel West

“The most extensive, tightly written and thorough book on the subject. . . .a book everyone should read.” —Nashville City Paper

“Whatever your opinions on the issue, Should America Pay? is...essential reading.” —Black Issues Book Review

“Dr. Winbush understands the volatile nature of talk about reparations....[his] book will...stir the pot.” —Dallas Morning News

“ thoroughly covers the history, laws and arguments for bringing the issue of reparations to the forefront.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A comprehensive look at the controversial issue from such angles as the history, law, practical challenges, and global implications.” —The Tennesseean

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060083113
  • ISBN 10: 0060083115
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 08/05/2003
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price: 18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
  • BISAC3: LAW / Civil Rights

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