The Case for Reparations Began in 1878 When Henrietta Wood Won a Lawsuit Against Her Enslaver

Henrietta Wood won a lawsuit against a former enslaver in 1878 for reparations. Her case should be the primary defense for proponents of reparations in 2021.


For centuries the conversation around Black Americans receiving recompense for the atrocities of chattel slavery has been one of this nation’s most hotly contested sociopolitical topics. For decades proponents of reparations have called for substantive examinations into the debt America owes the descendants of enslaved people. Contrarily, op…

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