January 23, 2023

Today in History: Homestead Act

Today in History–May 20–the Library of Congress features the Homestead Act, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on this day in 1862. Designed to spur Western migration, the Homestead Act allowed U.S. citizens 21 years and older to earn 160 acres of land by paying a $10 filing fee and living on and farming the land for five years.  Learn more about the Homestead Act by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. Speech by U.S. … [Read more...]