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Homestead Act

  • Originally published 03/11/2016

    Land and the roots of African-American poverty

    Keri Leigh Merritt

    When the failure of land distribution among blacks during the Reconstruction is judged within the context of the Homestead Acts, the reality of the situation is laid bare. The problem was never the radical nature of land reform. The problem was racism.

  • Originally published 04/12/2015

    Remains From Lincoln’s Last Day

    Timothy Egan

    Today’s Republican Congress wouldn’t pass a Homestead Act, which provided a path to citizenship and prosperity for those who were neither citizens nor prosperous.