Black Landowners Beware: A Proposal for Statutory Reform

37 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2015 Last revised: 9 Feb 2015

Date Written: 1979


Black people have been losing their land at an alarming rate and may soon become an entirely landless people. Black ownership of land has declined from a peak of 15 million acres in 1910 to 5.5 million today, reflecting the disappearance of one of the most significant means of producing wealth available to black people. Although this land loss is associated with larger trends in the American economy which have spelled the demise of the small farmer generally, the historic oppression of black people plays a special and critical part in the decrease of black land ownership.

Keywords: Black owned land, heirs' property, reparations, Black Land Loss

Suggested Citation

McDougall, Harold A., Black Landowners Beware: A Proposal for Statutory Reform (1979). New York University Review of Law & Social Change, Vol. 9, p. 127, 1979-1980. Available at SSRN:

Harold A. McDougall (Contact Author)

Howard University School of Law ( email )

2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
United States

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