In 1968, a group calling itself The Republic of New Afrika startled the nation with a suggestion that six Southern states be set aside for blacks in America as a payback for slavery. Their call was perhaps one of the more radical suggestions of ways to compensate African Americans for injustices suffered under slavery. Such discussions began almost immediately after the Civil War and remain alive today. In March, descendants of slaves filed a lawsuit against three American corporations whom they claim profited from slavery. Constitutional law scholar Davison Douglas (William & Mary) and historian William Alexander (Norfolk State University) examine the history of reparations and consider the legal arguments in the current lawsuit.

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