The great land heist that helped form many US universities

Cancelled Stamp From The United States Commemorating Michigan State College And Pennsylvania State University For Being The First Of The Land-Grant Colleges.


LAST year, High Country News published an online, interactive map that helped me understand 200 years of US history in about 10 minutes. At first glance, it looks like one of those airline maps that show flight paths: blue and red lines arc over the nation, linking east to west. But when the map is fully loaded, there are so many lines that they blur into a cocoon swaddling the skies over North America. This isn’t a map of connection after all, it is a chronicle of property theft, done in the name of education.

Anyone familiar with the …