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'40 Acres and a Lie'

40 Acres and a Lie
Mother Jones

A years-long investigation by the Center of Public Integrity tracked down the living descendants of formerly enslaved people notoriously promised “40 Acres and a mule” by U.S. government officials. The story, "40 Acres and a Lie," was published last week in Mother Jones and told in a three-part series by the podcast Reveal.

We speak to April Simpson, racial equity reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, who worked on the story. We also welcome Jacksonville author and Gullah Geechee historian Greg Estevez, a descendant of an enslaved man who was given land on Edisto Island, South Carolina, at the end of the Civil War, only to have it repossessed when Reconstruction ended.

Then, we talk to former Atlantic Beach mayor and retired FBI agent Ellen Glasser about her star turn in the new Netflix documentary How to Rob a Bank.

And, we discuss the latest automotive headlines with our resident gearhead, WJCT reporter Dan Scanlan.

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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href=""></a>.