Dreams of a Better Life Positives of Moving Negatives of Moving
The Pull Factors: Going West Government Incentives = Homestead Act Stories of Hope and Fortune = GOLD Easy Travel and transportation = Transcontinental RR Tired of Living in crowded eastern cities
Homestead Act: 1862 Law that gave 160 acres of land to citizens who met certain conditions Age, agreed to farm the land, build a house By 1900: More than 80 million acres had been established by the Homestead Act
Immigrants Moving West Attracted by jobs and cheap land http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/10/us/20090310-immigration-explorer.html
Final Thoughts It was not always as good as it seemed Needed Luck and Hardwork to survive Remember... What group is already living in the west??