The Homestead Act

What You Should Know About Owning Land

Land For A Cheap Price

On May 20th of 1862 the Homestead Act was passed. This means that any adult citizen of the United States could own up to 160 acres of surveyed government land for an extremely cheap price. How cheap you ask? around $1.25 an acre. There are only a few things you need to do to get that land, pay a small filling fee and remain vacant on that land for five years. Sounds easy right?

sources:

https://quizlet.com/1409370/chapter-25-apush-flash-cards/

https://ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=31

Distortions

Sure owning a crap ton of land for a pretty cheap price sounds appealing right? I don't know if you've been living under a rock your entire life, but if you haven't you should probably know by now that this world is cruel and and all people want is money, and a lot of people get money from selling things, but in order to get more money than what you paid for you have to make little white lies and stretch the truth. You know, make something seem better than it actually is. And that is exactly what the government was doing to the new immigrants of America. I mean yeah, $1.25 an acre is one heck of a deal and it kinda makes up for the fact that the land was entirely crap but a lot of immigrants came from countries where the only thing they knew how to do was farm, the land they were given was dry, and couldn't support the food people were trying to grow. In conclusion, nobody cares about you and this world isn't fair, have a nice day.