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Photograph of a Family with Their Covered Wagon During the Great Western Migration

Photograph of a Family with Their Covered Wagon During the Great Western Migration

1866
Records of the Work Projects Administration

Original caption: “The Covered Wagon of the Great Western Migration. 1886 in Loup Valley, Nebr.” A family poses with the wagon in which they live and travel daily during their pursuit of a homestead.

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Journey to a homestead

A family pauses on their journey to a homestead to pose for a picture in Loup Valley, Nebraska, in 1866. The Homestead Act of 1862 allowed a citizen to claim up to 160 acres of western lands in exchange for farming and improving that land.

Text adapted from “The Homestead Act of 1862” in the October 1997 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication Social Education, which includes background information and teaching suggestions about The Homestead Act.

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