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Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History

Steven W. Bender


Mea Culpa challenges its readers. In a different era, might we have been slave owners or proprietors of a racially segregated establishment? It’s easy to judge immorality in the hindsight of history, but what current practices and policies will later generations regret? Mea Culpa answers this challenge by examining how the United States’ collective shame about its past has shaped the evolution of law and behavior. We regret slavery and racist Jim Crow laws, among other oppressions of the past. We eventually apologize, while ignoring other oppressions, and our legal response to regret often fai ... More

Keywords: regret, dehumanization, racism, segregation, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479899623
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479899623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven W. Bender, author
Seattle University School of Law