The Homestead Act of 1862 was designed to encourage people to settle the west. By the time the act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862, eleven southern states had already succeeded from the Union and almost a century of debate about how best to go about settling unsettled land in the west had already passed. The Homestead Act was a culmination of the triumphs and failures of the past one hundred years of experimentation.
This is a great article post by Alex. Very detailed and very interesting. Definitely worth a visit to History Rhymes to check out this post and previous ones. I’m bookmarking this blog!