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Finance and Foreclosure in the Colonial Present

Radical History Review, Issue 118 (Winter 2014)

22 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2014  

Alyosha Goldstein

University of New Mexico

Date Written: Winter 2014


The Claims Resolution Act (CRA) of 2010, which brought together and financed a series of historic US civil rights and Native American class-action lawsuit settlements, serves as the lens through which this essay examines debates over accountability, debt, and reconciliation and provides a means to consider how present-day efforts to foreclose the genealogies of historical injustice have been shaped in response to the contemporary crisis of global capitalism and financialization. Focusing on the salience of racialization and settler colonialism, this essay studies how and why the CRA's juridical assemblage brings into proximity discrepant histories of dispossession and racism so as to situate these within an overarching teleology of progress and improvement in the face of contemporary economic volatility and social instability.

Keywords: Colonialism, Neoliberalism, US History, Critical Indigenous Studies, American Studies, Critical Race Theory

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Goldstein, Alyosha, Finance and Foreclosure in the Colonial Present (Winter 2014). Radical History Review, Issue 118 (Winter 2014). Available at SSRN:

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