The True Story Of 'Forty Acres And A Mule'

We’ve all heard the story of the '40 acres and a mule' promise to former slaves at the end of the US Civil War. The real story, however, isn't what you may have learned in school.


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The Truth Behind '40 Acres and a Mule' - A short, but thorough, explanation of where the '40 Acres and a Mule' concept came from and why that matters. The lead image on today's post is an artist's conception of the meeting between Black ministers, General Sherman, and Secretary Stanton described in the article. Rev. Garrison Frazier, the Black community's spokesperson, is portrayed standing, addressing the group.
Seizing Freedom: A New Joy Awaiting Me - This one-hour podcast dramatizes the historic meeting that occurred in Savannah, Georgia, on January 12th, 1865, between General William T. Sherman, Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, and Black ministers and church officials. There is also a written transcript of the podcast, if you prefer text to listening.
Newspaper Account of a Meeting between Black Religious Leaders and Union Military Authorities - A Northern newspaper reported the proceedings of the meeting at Savannah of black ministers and lay leaders with Secretary of War Stanton and General Sherman. It's a remarkable read.