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Friday, January 11, 2013

What Happened to My 40 Acres and a Mule?

Henry Louis Gates looks at the origins (and eventual collapse) of the promise of 40 acres & a mule:

And what happened to this astonishingly visionary program, which would have fundamentally altered the course of American race relations? Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's successor and a sympathizer with the South, overturned the Order in the fall of 1865, and, as Barton Myers sadly concludes, "returned the land along the South Carolina, Georgia and Florida coasts to the planters who had originally owned it" -- to the very people who had declared war on the United States of America. 

Steve Clowney

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This is more evidence that reparations talk is making a comeback.

Posted by: Alfred | Jan 11, 2013 5:37:09 AM

If this is true can you be more specific by bringing about more information, such as date and persons who signed this agreement. Also, what about the other states that is only three. Then, how could they revoke somehting that was put in place by the president. It's like revoking laws and relplacing them with fiticious laws. Or even, revoking slavery, which some states tried to do. Who gave them the right to do that.

Posted by: Questionable | Jan 20, 2013 7:29:18 PM

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