Homestead Act


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Homestead Act

n.
An act passed by Congress in 1862 enabling persons who settled on undeveloped 160-acre tracts of land to gain title after meeting certain criteria, such as residing on and cultivating the land for five years after the initial claim.

Homestead Act

n
1. (Law) an act passed by the US Congress in 1862 making available to settlers 160-acre tracts of public land for cultivation
2. (Law) (in Canada) a similar act passed by the Canadian Parliament in 1872

Home′stead Act`


n.
a special act of Congress (1862) that made public lands in the West available to settlers without payment, usu. in lots of 160 acres, to be used as farms.
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He discusses Lincoln's political thought, including his defense of natural rights, his view of the appropriate reach of government, and the political virtues of prudence and moderation, then Lincoln's presidency as it relates to domestic policy, particularly whether it aligned with the presidency-centered politics of contemporary America, including the idea that Lincoln led a "second American Revolution" by supporting the domestic agenda that helped bring forth the Industrial Revolution, the role of Lincoln in forming the Republican Party that replaced the Whig Party after its collapse, and key pieces of legislation arising from the Civil War Congresses: the Homestead Act, the Land-Grant College Act, the Pacific Railroad Act, the National Bank Act, and the Legal Tender Act.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which enabled any adult who had never taken up arms against the United States (including women and blacks) to apply for and earn land by "improving" it, typically by establishing a farm.
The Nebraska native's family acquired, and still owns, a farm after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act to encourage settlement of western territories.
The Homestead Act of 1862 distributed federal land in 160-acre plots for free to claimants, and between 1863 and 1920 some nearly three million homestead claims were filed for more than 435 million acres, smaller than the government's holdings today but larger than Alaska.
"If I don't come back try to make a living off the place." Manges was only the second settler to pony up $15 for a plot of land in the shadow of the Teton Range, following passage of the Homestead Act of 1862.
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Each chapter includes a brief biography of an influential president, the political context of their time in office, and their actions and policies that directly impacted the region, from Abraham Lincoln's Homestead Act to Theodore Roosevelt's conservation efforts to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and much more.
Synopsis: After the Civil War, thousands of Americans and Europeans trekked west to secure a new home and farm under the provisions of the Homestead Act of 1862.
That half a million dollars will be set aside as escrow for the 5-year-old girl until a judge decides whether or not the Homestead Act applies to the situation.
Historic events like the Homestead Act of 1862 and railroad expansion also complete the sentence, and make fairly accurate statements.
Cape Perpetua Speaker Series: Freelance economist Hans Radtke, whose family has been landowners in the Tenmile Valley since 1972, will talk about the Forest Homestead Act of 1906 and current use of Tenmile Creek.
In 1852, The Homestead Act, which tarned over 270 million acres of public land to private citizens, gave rise to another type of mutual.