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Buried Truth: “40 acres and a mule?” (Not quite) Part One

To the emancipated former slave, ownership of a piece of rich, red loam was an empowering thing. As stated in “Black Farmers in America,” by John Francis Ficara and Juan Williams, “It was true emancipation—no one could confuse a slave with a landowner.” Owning land historically has been a motivating force for all Americans, sustaining …