ERIC Number: EJ1241441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession
Nash, Margaret A.
History of Education Quarterly, v59 n4 p437-467 Nov 2019
Land-grant colleges were created in the mid-nineteenth century when the federal government sold off public lands and allowed states to use that money to create colleges. The land that was sold to support colleges was available because of a deliberate project to dispossess American Indians of land they inhabited. By encouraging westward migration, touting the "civilizing" influence of education, emphasizing agricultural and scientific education to establish international strength, and erasing Native rights and history, the land-grant colleges can be seen as an element of settler colonialism. Native American dispossession was not merely an unfortunate by-product of the establishment of land-grant colleges; rather, the colleges exist only because of a state-sponsored system of Native dispossession.
Descriptors: Land Grant Universities, American Indian History, Educational History, Land Settlement, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Federal Indian Relationship, United States History, Educational Finance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska; Arkansas; Missouri
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Morrill Act 1862