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Immigration Law & the Homestead Act of 1862

Norwegian Settlers in North Dakota (1880s)

Norwegian Settlers in North Dakota (1880s)

Washington, DC
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Blake Bell, a historian at the Homestead National Monument of America, looks at immigration law in the United States and the debate surrounding the Homestead Act of 1862. That law distributed government land to private citizens – or a person who “has filed his declaration of intention to become such." Mr. Bell argues that by encouraging immigration the Homestead Act marked a significant departure from the more stringent naturalization laws of the 1790s. This event took place at Interior Department Museum in Washington, DC.

Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11:19am (ET)

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