(Tune in at 4.pm. on whitehouse.tumblr.com to watch President Obama answer your questions on education and college affordability.)
Yesterday, Today’s Document posed a question about the most important government initiatives for higher education.
We think that the Morrill Act has been one of the most influential government initiatives relating to higher education. The Act committed the Federal Government to grant each state 30,000 acres of public land issued in the form of “land scrip” certificates for each of its Representatives and Senators in Congress. The Morrill land grants laid the foundation for a national system of state colleges and universities.
S. 298, A Bill Donating Public Lands to the Several States and Territories which may Provide Colleges for the Benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (the Morrill Act), 5/16/1862, Records of the U.S. Senate (NAID 6883889)