Primary Sources of Westward Expansion: Homesteading and Settling the Frontier, 1st Edition

  • Alison Morretta
  • Published By: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1502626373
  • ISBN-13: 9781502626370
  • DDC: 978.0223
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 9th Grade
  • 64 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released February 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The Homestead Act was passed in 1862, when states that had seceded from the Union could no longer block it in congress. The act opened land in the west for all Americans, including freed slaves, granting 160 acres to settlers under the condition that they farm it for five years. The result was that 1.6 million claims, covering 420,000 square miles, were granted, making residents of millions of people in the land west of the Mississippi River. This book richly explores this fascinating part of history.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Defining the West.
1: Opening the Frontier.
2: The Journey West.
3: The Life of a Homesteader.
4: Consequences of Settlement.
Further Information.
About the Author.