An alleged promise
by the federal government
of the United States
to the freedmen after the days of slavery
s were to get the aforementioned acres and a mule, and join in the American
economy, living happily ever after as full partners. It was never put into writing or into law
, so that was that. In fact, some state governments passed whites-only homestead
laws that gave an even sweeter deal. As long as you were white, that is.
Also the name of Spike Lee's production company.