[Image: Certificate of homestead issued in 1868, via the National Archives]
On May 20, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. The act allowed anyone who had not taken up arms against the U.S. government, including women and freed slaves, to make applications for federal land grants. You can hear more about the context and ramifications of this groundbreaking law during Jennifer Nardone’s July 25th lecture, "Lincoln and Land Policy During the War." As with all events associated with the CS Library’s Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War exhibit, this lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Library’s media studio on the first floor of Columbus Hall.