Despite what the standards in the Florida U.S. History End-of-Course Assessment imply, American history didn't actually start with the Civil War. However, we make it a policy not to look a gift horse in the mouth (…said Thomas Jefferson, as he happily purchased the Louisiana territory). Join us on a wild and wacky adventure from 1860 to the present day with a full-length benchmark assessment, targeted review, and practice questions about all your favorite events in U.S. history.
Analyze the economic challenges to American farmers and farmers' responses to these challenges in the mid to late 1800s. (SS.912.A.3.1)
It's hard to have a discussion about farming in the second half of the 19th century without talking about the Homestead Act of 1862. Trust us, we've tried. It's never gone well.
The Homestead Act was a pretty fantastic piece of legislation for most people. (Not for Native Americans.) It gave away lots and lots of land to lots and lots of people, practically for free, and the program was exceedingly simple. Any head of household could claim 160 acres of land in large, dedicated tracts in the Midwest and West. And they could do it for almost nothing! (See, really bad for Native Americans who lived there.)
Not to mention tons of practice questions and test specific strategies!