- Author: Chris M. Webb
UC Cooperative Extension’s Rose Hayden-Smith is a practicing U.S. Historian. In the current issue of California Agriculture, Rose explains the Morrell Act, and subsequent changes, in an entertaining and inspiring way.
Signed into law during the Civil War, the Morrill Act and related legislation helped to transform our country. While the transformation was nationwide, the benefit to California’s future was incredible. And it still is. Many of the programs and research made possible from a collection of laws passed a 150 years ago touch our lives day in and day out.
To learn more about the Morrill Act, please see UC’s land-grant mission fuels nation’s growth, prosperity or For 150 years, UC science and agriculture transform California. UC land grants: A photo history can be found here.