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Millions of acres. Iowa and Nebraska.
This poster alerted many to inexpensive land for sale in Iowa and Nebraska

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The Homestead Act Went Into Effect
May 20, 1862

Land available! Come and get it! This poster told Americans about their opportunity to claim land and farm it, thanks to the Homestead Act. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862, to spur Western migration. How did a person get 160 acres of one's own? You had to be a U.S. citizen and 21 years of age. By paying a filing fee of $10 and residing on your new farm in the West for at least five years, the land would be yours. A great deal, but it took 20 years to get the Act passed. Why?
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