Solution for the Payment of
U.S. Reparation Debt

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U.S. Government already recognized and accepted responsibility to pay reparations to former slaves. Indeed, Congressional leaders convinced President Lincoln to establish the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands on March 3, 1865, shortly after Sherman issued his order No. 15. See, Union general William T. Sherman issued his Special Field Order No. 15, in the section, Articles.

Section three of Special Field Order No. 15, specifies the allocation of land: ” … each family shall have a plot of not more than (40) acres of tillable ground, and when it borders on some water channel, with not more than 800 feet waterfront, in the possession of which land the military authorities will afford them protection, until such time as they can protect themselves, or until Congress shall regulate their title.”

In fact, U.S. Government also accepted responsibility to pay reparations to former slaveholders. In 1862 the federal government set up a commission to compensate slaveholders who did not join the Confederacy. See, Act of Congress that set up the commission.

Although Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15 had no tangible benefit for Black citizens after President Johnson’s revocation, the present-day movement supporting reparations has pointed to it as the U.S. government’s promise to make restitution to African Americans for enslavement. The order is also the likely origin of the phrase forty acres and a mule,” which spread throughout the South in the weeks and months following Sherman’s march.

The unpaid reparations for uncompensated slave labor have remained unpaid and have since increased in the normal course of any unpaid debt. The current value of this unpaid reparations debt to former slaves for their uncompensated coerced labor is represented in the U.S. Reparations Debt Clock, which is running in this platform.


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Why we need reparations for Black Americans

When Slaveowners Got Reparations – Lincoln signed a bill in 1862 that paid up to $300 for every enslaved person freed.

No Pensions for Ex-Slaves | How Federal Agencies Suppressed Movement To Aid Freedpeople.