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Black Farming and land loss

Grab this land! Take it, hold it ...

From the newly freed slaves of 1863 to today's black farmers, African-Americans have fought to acquire and maintain land, and have encountered crippling obstacles along the way.

In 1910, nearly one million black farmers in the U.S. owned a total of 15 million acres; by 1969 they held only 6 million acres.

In 1920, blacks owned 14% of the nation's farms; today, there are only 18,000 black farmers, representing less than 1% of all farms.

What happened?

How did blacks acquire land originally and why did they lose it?
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