Reparations are rare in America, but they have been paid before

Lawmakers in Washington are scheduled to address reparations for slavery for the first time in more than 10 years on Wednesday. A House Judiciary subcommittee plans to discuss a bill to create a commission that would make recommendations concerning “any form of apology and compensation” to descendants of enslaved African-Americans.

There is no direct template for reparations of that kind, but Americans have received compensation for historical injustices before. Examples include Japanese-Americans interned during World War II; survivors of police abuses in Chicago; victims of forced sterilization; and black residents of a Florida town that was burned by a murderous white mob.

Here is a look at what happened in those cases, and some of the lessons that can be drawn from them.