This paper argues that the original Morrill mission aimed to provide opportunity to an entire segment of society otherwise unable to attend college. The 1890 Morrill Act extended that promise to the freedmen and women in the American South. Over the years, however, the original land-grant universities have forgotten, perhaps even abandoned, their initial mission. Rather than offering opportunity to the diverse pastiche that comprises America, they now seek glory for themselves by coveting only the best students. In the process, their historic role of providing entrance into the middle class for the disenfranchised has gone wanting. Brooks calls for a revitalized Morrill mandate to take advantage of the vast human capital that would otherwise be wasted.

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