The Homestead Act comes into effect

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.
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Lawmaking/Litigating
How to Cite This Page: "The Homestead Act comes into effect," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/index.php/node/11846.