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Talks @ Pulitzer Webinar: Indigenous Lands and the Land-Grant University System, April 21, 2020

Passed in 1862, the Morrill Act gave 11 million acres of public land to states to sell off to endow fledgling land-grant colleges. A grant only in name, the Morrill Act was a wealth transfer from tribal nations to American…

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Land-grab universities: expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system

“In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which distributed public domain lands to raise funds for fledgling colleges across the nation. . . . The Morrill Act worked by turning land expropriated from tribal nations into seed money…

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Kicked Off the Land

The New Yorker story of brothers Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels deprived of their land and imprisoned for eight years for civil contempt is an example of a system that operates to deprive African Americans of their property.  “Between 1910…

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Black People’s Land Was Stolen

Many people associate the idea of reparations with the 250 years of enslavement of kidnapped Africans and their descendants. Andrew W. Kahrl, associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia, describes post-emancipation incidents of practices that effectively…

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