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Robert Greene II

A New Life for the Intellectual History of Reparations?

Nearly five years ago, the Society of U.S. Intellectual Historians hosted a roundtable discussion centered around Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “A Case for Reparations” essay published by The Atlantic that same summer. At the time, Coates’ essay gave us at the blog—along with a remarkable guest blogger—the opportunity to consider what the debate over reparations to African Americans for slavery, segregation, and legalized discrimination has looked like over the course of the last fifty years. While that summer was consumed with both debating what reparations should look like, side-by-side with continuing coverage of Black Lives Matter protests, few could have expected the Read more