Name Institution Date Homestead Act The Homestead Act was an act passed by the United States Congress and signed by Abraham Lincoln. The purpose of the Homestead Act was to give 160 acres of the western land to anyone that promised to work on the land for five years. From the promise agreement this made a lot of immigrants come to the United States and settle in the West. It also secured homesteads to because of it being in the north but they eventually got through it in a success rate. Also with the amount of land that was given to them the people were able to do so much on it for such a little or no price. The United States grew even bigger especially the North with their farming land. References Schamel W. & Potter L. A. (2015). The Homestead Act of 1862. Social education 61(6) 359-64. [...]
Discuss the Homestead Act and illustrate how it succeeded in making free land available to those who settled in the West.