Cartoon history of the land-grant
Universities used to be for certain kinds of people.
In 1862, Congress' Morrill Act, created a new kind of university. Iowa was the first to accept the law's provisions.
The land-grants were founded on three radical ideas . . .
Idea No. 1: Higher ed should be open to all -- women, minorities, the working class.
Idea No. 2: Universities should teach practical subjects, like farming, engineering and home ec.
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 D. Pounds, The Iowa Stater; Illustrated by Buck Jones