Report reveals how former slaves were ousted from land received after Civil War

Alexia Fernandez Campbell:

Some people wonder if there is any legal recourse. Everyone we talked to, the experts, said that because these were not permanent titles, that they had to be ratified by Congress, there was no legal recourse.

But no one has ever challenged a situation like theirs in court. However, some people we spoke with think there is a moral problem here. This is such a blatant injustice. And there are people with names who have obtained land titles and descendants. It’s not just an abstract idea. Like, people lost this wealth, and maybe there’s a moral claim for, like, reparations or something.

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