The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of three public-land acts advocated by the Republican Party and passed during the Civil War. Like the other two, the Land Grant Act and the Pacific Rail...
Homestead Act of 1862
Enacted by U.S. Congress, May 20, 1862
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An act to secure homesteads to settlers in the West
"Upon filing the said affidavit with the...
Homestead Act (1862)
The Homestead Act was signed into law in 1862. It was a legislative offer on a vast scale of free homesteads on unappropriated public lands. Any citizen (or alien who filed a de...