From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

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University of North Carolina Press
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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

William A. Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University. A. Kirsten Mullen is a writer, folklorist, museum consultant, and lecturer whose work focuses on race, art, history, and politics.


Essential to any debate over the need for and way to achieve meaningful large-scale reparations.--Kirkus Reviews

A worthwhile compendium on an extremely important topic.--Library Journal

A timely and vital contribution to national discussions about reparations. . . . [Darity and Mullen] force readers to confront how anti-Black racism has and continues to impede the financial well-being of African Americans and provide a blueprint for addressing these injustices.--Black Perspectives

This book underscores slavery's deleterious impact on descendants of America's four million enslaved persons emancipated in 1865. . . . [The authors] propose that Congress institute reparations for Black persons who can document that they had at least one enslaved ancestor in the US after the formation of the republic. . . . Part history, part economics, and part advocacy, this book will appeal to a broad readership.--CHOICE

Simply put: The best historical, conceptual, and empirical case for reparations for Black Americans.--Ibram X. Kendi

Reparations are having a moment...In From Here to Equality, William A. Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen draw on both journalistic and scholarly sources to make a strong case for cash payments to Black descendants of slaves...a rich historical account of how the economic inequalities between Black and white Americans were created and perpetuated through centuries of slavery and the legally enforced systems of discrimination and political disfranchisement that followed...Darity and Mullen provide a detailed analysis of the deep disparities in wealth, income, education, and other measures of well-being that have persisted since emancipation.--The Nation

Darity and Mullen challenge the United States to bear the moral weight of the legacies of slavery and deeply entrenched racism: to reject trifling, half-hearted measures and to approach--and perhaps even achieve--wholeness through reparations.--New York Review of Books

The national dialogue on reparations has gained strength from the work of Darity and Mullen. Certainly, From Here to Equality is the most comprehensive book today on the political economy of reparations.--The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

[From Here to Equality's] argument will resonate . . . [and] its impressive bibliography and use of primary source material are consistent with the ever-growing studies on the subject, past and present." --Journal of Southern History