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Video: Morrill Act and Virginia Tech

A sweep of Abraham Lincoln’s pen 150 years ago led to the creation of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, now called Virginia Tech. Without Lincoln’s decisive action, the land-grant system, which gave Americans greater access to higher education, might never have happened.

In 1862, Lincoln signed the Morrill Act establishing the land-grant college system. Lincoln understood the value of education and its importance in improving the quality of life for all the country’s citizens.

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