About the Book
Jillian Hishaw, our Founder is publishing her second book “Systematic Land Theft & It’s Economic Impacts” which explores the history of land tenure in the U.S and how the foundation of theft and slavery continue to fuel land theft of Black and Indigenous tribal land. The fact that over 95 percent of U.S. farmland is owned by Whites and the reasons why Blacks only own less than 1 percent will be discussed in detail. The book is filled with interviews, research, and resolutions. To pre-order your book bundle which includes the latest edition of Hishaw’s first book “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid” provides please visit www.jillianhishaw.com
About the Author
Jillian Hishaw is an agricultural attorney, founder, and C.E.O. of F.A.R.M.S., an international non-profit that provides services to rural farmers while relieving hunger in the farmer’s community. Over the past seven years F.A.R.M.S. has been in operation Hishaw has worked to save Black farms from foreclosure and have donated nearly a million pounds of produce to food banks and shelters. Hishaw’s first book “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid” examines how long-term care facilities have the federal authority to place a lien on realty if a Medicaid resident owes an outstanding debt. Hishaw has 15 years of professional experience in civil rights, asset protection, and agricultural law. Hishaw’s prior experience includes professional positions at local, state and federal entities in the Midwest and Washington, DC. In 2017, Hishaw was recognized as a “Food Changemaker” by Clif Bar & Company and has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, Vice News, The Washington Post, and more. Past publications include the American Bar Association articles focused on the E.U.’s regulation of G.M.O. fertilizers and the non-regulation of poultry manure, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law articles focused on the U.S. growth of pharmaceutical rice, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s The Journal of Food Law & Policy, and more. Hishaw’s recent advocacy work for farmers of color in the hemp and cannabis space has led to published op-ed articles in Civil Eats, The Counter, and HempLand U.S.A. Hishaw has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tuskegee University, plus a Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law school. Hishaw’s own land loss experience has influenced her commitment to law and advocacy work in agriculture.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Without the theft of indigenous groups’ lands and the exploitation of African slave labor, whites would not currently own over 95 percent of land in the U.S. Due to the forced assimilation to European religious beliefs and customs, many indigenous and former slaves compromised their native beliefs to assimilate into European culture. Unfortunately, the new way of life led to the five “civilized” tribes owning slaves and some former slaves joining the military to fight against tribal groups after the Civil War. As more Europeans populated the United States, the adoption of English common law beliefs of statehood and demarcation of land created our current property laws, thus replacing indigenous and African beliefs of communal living. U.S. property law was written strategically to provide land protection for Whites, equipping future generations to continue the European legacy of stealing land from Indigenous and Black landowners. “Systematic Land Theft & It’s Economic Impacts” explores the history of European settlement in the Plain States and the present-day land loss of both exploited communities. Hishaw’s recommendations of land reparations and how to disburse it, along with legal analysis related to tax credits, are backed up by industry interviews and her 15 years of professional experience. “Systematic Land Theft & It’s Economic Impacts” is a factual justification for reparations supported by extensive research.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
The book is full of history about U.S. slave owners that include White and five tribal nations. Readers who are interested in history, law, agriculture and case studies will find the topics of each Chapter intriguing.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
Autobiographies are my favourite, its always interesting to learn about the events in life that have shaped a person’s resilience.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
I would definitely get a mentor and start writing for your school newspaper or start a blog to gain experience. Its important to always verify an interviewee’s quotes before you send it to print.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
Please visit www.jillianhishaw.com