The Homestead Act of 1862

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Subject:
Humanities, Social Sciences
Provider:
National Archives and Records Administration
Collection:
National Archives and Records Administration
Level:
Primary, Secondary
Abstract:

This lesson recounts efforts to improve homesteading laws and make land ownership possible for more settlers. The distribution of government lands had been an issue since the Revolutionary War. Preemption -- settling the land first and paying for it later -- became national policy; however, supporting legislation was stymied until the secession of Southern states. See one of the first applications for land under this law. Teaching activities are included.

Course Type:
Learning Module
Language:
English
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Media Format:
Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML

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