Slavery and Racial Segregation

U.S. Senate Apology for Slavery

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for slavery and racial segregation in the United States. On June 18, 2009, the Senate sent the measure to the House.


House Resolution Apology for Slavery

The House passed a resolution on July 29, 2008, apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans.


U.S. Apology to Kingdom of Hawaii

The United States government issued a formal apology to the Kingdom of Hawaii for the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom.on November 23, 1993, President William J. Clinton signed the apology. (Public Law 103-150 of the 103rd Congress). However, on March 31, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows the Hawaiian government to sell state lands, effectively limiting the scope of the apology. Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 129 S. Ct. 1436 (U.S. 2009).