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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

  • 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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Describe Farming Life on the Great Plains settlement

  • 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


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The Rise of Populism settlement

  • Populist Party - the People's Party

  • Wanted gov't to adopt free silver

  • Farmers backed Populist Party

  • Were defeated at elections


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The Closing of the Frontier settlement

  • 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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