He also enacted the Homestead Act, which supplied aspiring settlers with a gift: 160 acres of federal land.
In The Americans, the historian Daniel Boorstin traced the madness of the farmers to the Homestead Act of 1862.
On some farms, the shacks erected to establish residence under the Homestead Act are still in use.
He had engaged dummy entrymen to take up one hundred and sixty acres each under the Homestead Act.
Furthermore, the Homestead Act of 1862 gave new and cumulative impetus to the immigration which sought farming lands.
By about 1890 most of the desirable land available under the Homestead Act had disappeared.
The government was to extend to the producer "free capital" in addition to free land which he received with the Homestead Act.
Having done this, he went and pre-empted it under the Homestead Act, at the government price.
The Homestead Act of May 20, 1862, opened vast areas of public lands to a new immigration.
A law passed in the 1860s that offered up to 160 acres of public land to any head of a family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land for five years, and cultivated it or built on it.