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Farming and Populism. Explain how the U.S. Government encouraged western settlement. Passed the Homestead Act that gave 160 acres of land away if you farmed it for 5 years This was advertised all over the world and many immigrants came from Europe Exodusters came west from the South.

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explain how the u s government encouraged western settlement
Explain how the U.S. Government encouraged western settlement
  • Passed the Homestead Act that gave 160 acres of land away if you farmed it for 5 years
  • This was advertised all over the world and many immigrants came from Europe
  • Exodusters came west from the South
describe farming life on the great plains
Describe Farming Life on the Great Plains
  • Very challenging
  • Built homes from sod
  • "Sodbusters"
  • Faced blizzards, prairie fires, tornadoes, grasshoppers, and drought
  • John Deere invented steel plow
  • Prices started to fall, railroads charged high prices
  • Formed the Grange
the rise of populism
The Rise of Populism
  • Populist Party - the People\'s Party
  • Wanted gov\'t to adopt free silver
  • Farmers backed Populist Party
  • Were defeated at elections
the closing of the frontier
The Closing of the Frontier
  • The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 symbolized the end of the frontier
  • Some felt that the frontier gave even the poor a chance to be successful through hard work and perseverance
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