Published January 2013
The Morrill Act was the groundbreaking legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 that created the nation’s land-grant university system. CSU, the only land-grant institution in Colorado, celebrated the 150th anniversary of the act throughout 2012.
A Degree of Democracy - How the Morrill Act Changed Higher Education in America (27 min.) was created at Colorado State during a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act.
Using the voices of higher education leaders and experts from across the nation, the documentary chronicles the forces of history and culture that led to the creation of the act - and the enormous impact of the universities that grew out of that act. It offers a look back 150 years at the people that made it happen, including Lincoln and Justin Smith Morrill, the visionary senator from Vermont who championed the notion that access to higher education should not be limited to the elite. Rather, the legislation that bears Morrill’s name opened the door of opportunity for every woman and man with the talent and motivation to attend an institution of higher education.
A four-part series written by Fred Brown, was one of CSU's first technical journalism majors, was a significant part of the Land Grant Act recognition at Colorado State.
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