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Reparation is the act or process of repairing or restoring. It is payment for an injury, redress for a wrong done. In the context of Black people in North America, the quest for reparations essentially constitutes four elements:

This entry describes the history of demands for reparations for enslavement and considers some of the forms that reparation might take.

The Continuous Demand for Reparations

The demand for reparations for unpaid labor during enslavement has been continuous. There has been no substantial period of time during which the call for redress has been neglected. During the late 19th century, the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Bounty and Pension Association, led by the Reverend Isaiah Dickerson and Callie House, had 600,000 dues-paying members who sought ...

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