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Expanding Educational Opportunity

In 1862 Congress passed the Morrill Land-Grant College Act. It provided federal funding through a land-grant system to foster a new form of agricultural and technical education throughout the United States. While that original act boosted the farming sector of the economy and provided opportunity to rural and working- class citizens, later acts in 1890 and 1994 explicitly extended the benefits of the land-grant system to historically African American and American Indian schools. Today, land-grant institutions exist in every state in the country.

2 Images Letter from Frederick Douglass to Hon. Justin S. Morrill, January 4,... View All Images
1 Image Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, map by USDA National Institute... View All Images
1 Image Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 View All Images