ARTICLE: Davidson on Ex-Slave Reparations in the Early 20th Century United States

James M. Davidson, “Encountering the Ex-Slave Reparations Movement from the Grave:  The National Industrial Council and National Liberty Party, 1901-1907.” Journal of African American History 97, no. 1–2 (Winter-Spring 2012): 13–38.
First Paragraph:
“The call for reparations for those who suffered under the blight of slavery and its aftermath is one increasingly heard today, but this call is hardly a new one.  Rather, the notion of reparations, or in earlier terms, ex-slave pensions, was something argued for and against throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  While the discipline of history traditionally records this story, archaeology can help fill in the gaps and illuminate this past in a unique way.  One vital link to this past is contained in historic cemeteries, where the mortal remains of those who lived and died under slavery and the first decades after emancipation now lie.”
This special issue of the Journal of African-American History, “African-Americans and Movements for Reparations: Past, Present, and Future (Dedicated to the Scholarly Legacy of Dr. Ronald W. Walters),” includes an introduction by V. P. Franklin, articles by Elaine Allen Lechtreck, Keith A. Dye, Emma T. Lucas-Darby, Ronald W. Walters, and review essays by Pero Gaglo Dagbovie, Clyde C. Robertson.

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