Cartoon history of the land-grant university

19 century students reading

Universities used to be for certain kinds of people.

Signing the contract

In 1862, Congress' Morrill Act, created a new kind of university. Iowa was first to accept the law's provisions.

Lake LaVerne canoers

The land-grants were founded on three radical ideas . . .

George Washing Carver in class

Idea No. 1: Higher ed should be open to all --- women, minorities, the working class.

Early student writes home

Idea No. 2: Universities should teach practical subjects, like farming, engineering and home ec.

Corn train class

Idea No. 3: Universities should share knowledge with people throughout their states. Iowa State profs started the first traveling farmer institutes and "seed corn trains."

Written by Diana Pounds. Illustrated by Buck Jones.

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