Rick Edwards on the Southern Homestead Act

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06/25/2019 Added
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Recently freed slaves had the opportunity to homestead on land in five Southern states thanks to the 1866 Southern Homestead Act, but in this video, Rick Edwards talks about how extreme poverty, violence, and unsuitable land made it nearly impossible for many to take advantage of it, leading them to homestead in the Great Plains instead. Read the article in the Spring 2019 edition of Great Plains Quarterly: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/723271

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