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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dispossessed Landowners Want Property Back


“In 1942, Harris Neck, a thriving community of black landowners who hunted, farmed and gathered oysters, was taken by the federal government to build an airstrip. Now, the elders — who remember barefoot childhoods spent climbing trees and waking to watch the Canada geese depart in formation — want to know why they cannot have it back…. During World War II, when federal officials were looking for a site for an Air Force base, the county’s white political leaders led them past thousands of uninhabited acres to Harris Neck. The government condemned the land and ordered the families to clear out with the promise, some residents recall, that they could come back after the war.” (New York Times, Thursday)

The ultimate landlord.

FEE Timely Classic
“The Blight of Eminent Domain” by Steven Greenhut