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Definition of homesteading

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Definition as written by Terry:

Formerly, homesteading was the act of claiming public land for farming and improving it, and gaining outright possession of it after a certain period of time. It encouraged the migration of people westward throughout the United States. The Homestead Act of 1862 was repealed in the 1970s, and homesteading (by this definition) is no longer possible in the United States, although it is possible in some other countries.

In its modern form, homesteading is championed by individuals who desire to raise their own livestock and food, teach their children (versus sending them to public or private educational institutions), and otherwise create a self-sustainable livelihood.


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