jan26 - January 26,2011 The American Dream is owning land...

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January 26,2011 The American Dream is owning land East: lands became subdivided and became smaller and smaller Homestead Act 1862: offered new opportunites Congress gave land to any westward expansion and increased number of free state in Congress. 3 Things citizens must do Pay small registration fee live on land for 5 consecutive years improve land by build house, plant trees, and farming Speculators buy up all land and resell it Industries mining: several Gold Rushes ex: California Gold Rush Cattle: Cowboys= modern truck drivers Misconception: NOT independent rugged individual= working men under employment Moved Cattle Middle 1880s, as farmers move west so no more big land= fences up Ranches led to overstock->starvation and bad weather conditions were bad Railroads: by end of century 1900, 4 transcontinental railroads complete-helped America to industriale Different People Hispanic settlers; swindled of lands
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2012 for the course HIST 2112 taught by Professor Sutter during the Spring '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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