Charles Elmore talks about the history of "40-acres and a mule" during a dedication ceremony for "History of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15," historical marker after it was unveiled Friday March 4, 2011, in Savannah, Ga. On the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, a new historical marker in Savannah is calling attention to a milestone for black Americans that came at the war's end. (AP Photo/The Savannah Morning News, Richard Burkhart)
Charles Elmore talks about the history of "40-acres and a mule" during a dedication ceremony for "History of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15," historical marker after it was unveiled Friday March 4, 2011, in Savannah, Ga. On the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, a new historical marker in Savannah is calling attention to a milestone for black Americans that came at the war's end. (AP Photo/The Savannah Morning News, Richard Burkhart)
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It was an attempt by the U.S. government to help former slaves on the road to freedom. Known by the phrase “40 acres and a mule,” it came to symbolize America’s broken promises during a century of struggles for black Americans following the Civil War.

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