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Homestead Act of 1862

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Definition: Passed by Congress in May, 1862. The act gave anyone over 21, head of a family and a U.S. citizen the right to claim 160 acres of public land provided he live on and improve the land or pay $1.25 per acre. The territory available was in western states recently admitted to the Union. This act set off a large movement westward.

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