Links for June 28, 2010: Some Thoughts on Slavery and Reparations

June 28, 2010
  1. Walter Block | On Reparations to Blacks for Slavery

    The issue of reparations for slavery came up in conversation with a friend of mine last week. I’m not particularly well read on the issue, but here is something from Walter Block’s libertarian perspective. See also: Block’s Reparations, Once Again.

  2. A page from the 1850 Congressional Globe.

    The Library of Congress | A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 – 1875: Consideration of the Seventh Census

    Mr. BUTLER. The census heretofore taken has only required the number of slaves, and I see no useful information the obtaining of the names of the slaves can afford. On a plantation where there are one, two, three hundred slaves, there are perhaps several of the same name, and who are known by some familiar designation on the plantation. It can afford no useful information, and will make a great deal of labor. I made the same objection in the committee, and I move to amend in accordance with that objection now.
    Mr. DAVIS. If we are only to get the aggregate number of slaves, how are we to ascertain the owners?
    Mr. BUTLER. By providing that the number of slaves owned by him shall be put opposite to the name of each owner.
    Mr. DAVIS. Then we shall lose the benefit of the classification of ages.
    Mr. BUTLER. Not at all. The age and sex will remain—everything but the name. Read the rest of this entry »