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Homestead Act



Signed into law in May 1862, the Homestead Act opened up settlement in the western United States, allowing any American, including freed slaves, to put in a claim for up to 160 free acres of federal land. By the end of the Civil War, 15,000 homestead claims had been established, and more followed in the postwar years. Eventually, 1.6 million individual claims would be approved; nearly ten percent of all government held property for a total of 420,000 square miles of territory.




The Homestead Act (May 20, 1862) set in motion a program of public land grants to small farmers. Before the Civil War, the southern states had regularly voted against homestead legislation because they correctly foresaw that the law would hasten the settlement of western territory, ultimately adding to the number and political influence of the free states. This opposition to the homestead bill, as well as to other internal improvements that could hasten western settlement, exacerbated sectional conflicts. Indeed, the vision of independent yeomen establishing homesteads on the prairies was offered in the political rhetoric of the 1850s as a vivid contrast to the degradation of slave labor on southern plantations. A homestead bill passed the House in 1858 but was defeated by one vote in the Senate; the next year, a similar bill passed both houses but was vetoed by President James Buchanan. In 1860, the Republican platform included a plank advocating homestead legislation.
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The Homestead Act remained in effect for more than 100 years. The final claim, for 80 acres in southeastern Alaska, was approved in 1988.

After the southern states had seceded, homestead legislation was high on the Republican agenda. The Homestead Act of 1862 provided that any adult citizen (or person intending to become a citizen) who headed a family could qualify for a grant of 160 acres of public land by paying a small registration fee and living on the land continuously for five years. If the settler was willing to pay $1.25 an acre, he could obtain the land after only six months’ residence.

But the law did not provide the new beginning for urban slum dwellers that some had hoped; few such families had the resources to start farming, even on free land. The grants did give new opportunities to many impoverished farmers from the East and Midwest, but much of the land granted under the Homestead Act fell quickly into the hands of speculators. Also, over time, the growing mechanization of American agriculture led to the replacement of individual homesteads with a smaller number of much larger farms.
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1 month 4 days ago #145165 by terr-y
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Almonte Resident Taken out in Handcuffs After he Exceeds the 2 Minute Time Limit at a Mississippi Mills Public Meeting
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There was yet another disastrous meeting at the Council Chambers last evening during the public meeting held regarding the rezoning of the Don Maynard Park. A gentleman in the process of delivering his presentation was cut off by the Mayor and told his two minutes were up. His presentation was an effort to make Council aware of the concerns which he had over the rezoning of the park and the serious impact it was going to have on his property values. He was forcefully ushered out the Council chambers by the OPP, held face down on the floor, handcuffed and taken to an awaiting police cruiser. His presentation was not abusive and just an outline of his concern with the process. Prior to this incident, the mayor argued with other residents that were planning on speaking to Council over his 2 minute presentation rule (normally when making a presentation a constituent would be given 10 minutes to make a presentation at a public meeting but not this time for some reason), then he closed the meeting. The meeting actually closed and opened again three times, by then, many of the intended speakers had left the building. Public meetings are meant to be established ways for people to express their opinions to Council and in this case are required to allow the public to speak for or against the amendments to the Community Official Plan and Zoning By-Law that will result in the destruction of 40% of Don Maynard Park. The Mayor and Council once again showed their disrespect to their constituents and once more they showed no intention to listen to the people they serve. The re-zoning of the Don Maynard Park is a major issue for residents of Mississippi Mills and unfortunately is one of many issues that this Mayor and Council are at odds with the residents of Mississippi Mills at this time!
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1 month 4 days ago - 1 month 4 days ago #145167 by terr-y
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All it takes is a few good folks to stand up and Say, hey that is our park…
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Special thanks to Guy Annable for this video, the following is quoted off his FaceBook page:

All it takes is a few good folks to stand up and Say, hey that is our park and we did not buy into changing greenspace in the middle of a town beside a school next to a quiet street……and when we voice our concern at a public meeting, we get taken out in handcuffs AT THE REQUEST OF CITY COUNCIL ???? really this is the state of public Debate in Almonte ????

I felt compelled to cover this story when it broke early Wednesday morning on social media , The next recourse is the Ontario Municipal board. I hope they take into full consideration the way these residents have been treated in the Public notice and consultation phase that is required under the planning act. This is about a Park, but the bigger picture is changes to the Official Plan to the behest of Council on one hand, yet they change the “official Plan” seemly to follow the current prevailing political winds in Almonte Ontario,

I hope you all will share and support the folks of Almonte Ontario and proper order of process for public consultation , respect of the official plan and this folks that bought a retirement home beside a park and just wanted to be heard, we’re shiut down by mayor and council and had the police called on them…. Thanks to all the folks i met today for sharing their stories and i hope you are successful at the OMB and your new frustration of having your hard earned tax dollars will be used to engage a legal defence against you by those who collect your taxes each year…..wonderful governance model.
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