The Atlantic: The great land robbery

The Atlantic, September 2019: The great land robbery

A war waged by deed of title has dispossessed 98% of black agricultural landowners in America.

Owners of small farms everywhere, black and white alike, have long been buffeted by larger economic forces. But what happened to black landowners in the South, and particularly in the Delta, is distinct, and was propelled not only by economic change but also by white racism and local white power.

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