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Saturday, September 08, 2012

1862 HOMESTEAD ACT: BLESSING OR BANE?

Providing settlers with the opportunity to “purchase” 160 acres of land with sweat equity alone was obviously a blessing for millions of Americans—but what about ex-Confederates, who were barred by statute from making Homestead Land claims, or American Indians, whose (often illegally acquired) land was being given away to the invaders from the East:

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