H.R. 40 (110th): Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act

To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

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Jan 4, 2007
110th Congress, 2007–2009

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 4, 2007, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


John Conyers Jr.

Representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district



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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2007
Length: 11 pages


Jan 4, 2007

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