This Land Was Our Land

How nearly 1 million black farmers were robbed of their livelihood

The Atlantic
Aug 12 · 31 min read
A sign on a utility pole to deter hunters, near the old Scott-family homestead, Drew, Mississippi; Willena’s brother Isaac Daniel Scott Sr. amid soybeans in Mound Bayou. Photo: Zora J. Murff

By Vann R. Newkirk II

I. Wiped Out

“You ever chop before?” Willena Scott-White was testing me. I sat with her in the cab of a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, swatting at the squadrons of giant, fluttering mosquitoes that had invaded the interior the last…

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