Liz Anna Kozik, a PhD candidate involved in the project, created these panels for the educational modules proposed in the NEH grant. The panels visualize the changes made to the Wisconsin landscape because of cessions to land-grant universities. Each panel depicts the same imagined landscape in 1800, then 1860, 1880 and finally in 1910. This is the first panel, depicting 1800. Image by Liz Anna Kozik
The land in 1860. Image by Liz Anna Kozik
The land in 1880. Image by Liz Anna Kozik.
The land in 1910. Image by Liz Anna Kozik
In the 1860s, the University of Wisconsin was granted more than 230,000 acres of land to make pursuing an education in agriculture, military tactics, mechanical and classical arts attainable for the state’s working class.
This was the mission of land-grant universities, as dictated by the 1862 Morrill Act. But where did the land granted to the university come from?
While land-grant universities produce important scholarship and research that gives back to their states, they can do so because of the wealth and real estate gained from the dispossession of Indigenous lands.
In total, 1,337,895 acres of…
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