In 1866, the US Congress passes the Southern Homestead Act to provide Freedmen with land in Southern states at a cost of $5 for eighty acres. Only 1,000 Freedmen receive homesteads.

 

 

Reference:  Harper’s Magazine, November 2000, Does America Owe a Debt to the Descendants of its Slaves?

in Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations (ed. Raymond A. Winbush, PhD 2003) at p. 103

Robert Wesley, Many Billions Gone: Is It Time to Reconsider the Case for Black Reparations?

in Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations (ed. Raymond A. Winbush, PhD 2003) at p. 123

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