What a Slave-Reparations Claim Has to Do With Harvard Law School

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Harvard University (photo: USA Wallpapers via http://coolwallpapersblog.blogspot.com) Harvard University (photo: USA Wallpapers via http://coolwallpapersblog.blogspot.com)

By Henry Louis Gates and Julie Wolf

Who was the first person to ask for reparations for slavery?

In America the concept of reparations for slavery is generally thought to have originated during the Civil War era, with the failed promise of 40 acres and a mule. But it actually dates back to Revolutionary America, when a former slave named Belinda went before the Massachusetts Legislature and asked that an “allowance may be made … out of the estate” of her former master.

Belinda lived for more than 40 years in bondage to Isaac Royall Jr., a native of Massachusetts and the scion of sugar planters who made their fortune in Antigua. She spent most of those four decades on Royall’s expansive property in Medford, Mass., where he was the town’s largest slaveholder. (Some 60 slaves—not simultaneously—would occupy the house in the decades…

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