An alleged promise by the federal government of the United States to the freedmen after the days of slavery; ex-slaves 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.

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