On Nov. 14, 1954, a small-town Texas daily revealed rampant fraud and corruption in a state-sponsored land program. The exposé earned a Pulitzer Prize for a courageous newspaperman and sent a high-ranking public official to prison.

After World War II, thankful Texans wanted to lend a helping hand to returning servicemen and in 1946 approved the Veterans’ Land Program. Voters empowered the state government to buy land and sell it at generous terms to deserving veterans.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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