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The Homestead Act comes into effect

Abraham Lincoln, Mathew Brady Studio Image, February 9, 1864, detail
The Homestead Act came into effect.  It provided 160 acres of public land to any man or woman over the age of twenty-one willing to develop it for five years and then pay a small government fee to gain full ownership. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 304.


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