Abraham Lincoln


What law signed by Lincoln helped small farmers obtain more land?

Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act of 1862, which provided a mechanism by which farmers could apply for federal land grants in the Midwest. Under this law, a farmer could gain title to up to 160 acres in the western United States if he and his family lived and worked on the land for a period of five years. The law greatly encouraged westward movement in the United States.

The box at Ford’s Theater where Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.


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