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)
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Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 304.
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