Sample Geography Paper On Homesteading

Homework Question on Homesteading

  • Homesteading is a major theme in the settling of the American West.
  • Write a factual essay that:
  1. Explains the major ideas/philosophies that led to homesteading laws and who originated them
  2. List how the U.S. was assembled – how was the land acquired and what did each acquisition cost?
  3. List  and briefly discusses three major homesteading laws/bills that disposed of former Indian land and transferred them to settlers or resource developers
  4. Explains two myths about climate that made people believe they could farm in the arid West

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Homework Answer on Homesteading

(1) Explains the major ideas/philosophies that led to homesteading laws and who originated them

Homesteading is a principle that was used by the Americans to gain ownership to land/ natural resource. Therefore, any person who made use of un-owned land or resource was considered for homesteading.  The major philosophies developed on this idea include the work of John Locke, Murray Rothbard, Anthony de Jasay, Hans Hermann Hoppe and Ayn Rand. John locke philosophy outlined that individuals are entitled to own natural land so long as they make use of it (Landau 50).

Murray on the other hand worked so hard to see the liberalization of slaves. Technological units represent the size of land utilized by individual citizens. Antony de Jasay a political philosopher insinuates that homesteaders could be regarded as prima facie owners for utilizing resources. Having settled on a land for five years and above qualified an individual for ownership. Hans Hermann and Rand emphasize on the application of Homestead Act of 1862 (Williamson 45).

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(2) lists how the U.S. was assembled – how was the land acquired and what did each acquisition cost?

In 1848, slaves and immigrants started to fight for their freedom. Government realized that there is need to approach slavery in a different manner.  Some of the leaders such as Lewis Cass joined anti-slavery movements.  In addition, movements were formed to pursue justice for slaves. Salmon P. Chase headed Free Soilers movement. Free Soil Party championed for abolitionism,  an action that enhanced and facilitated the party’s membership. The land was assembled through a series of event (Lovegreen 235).