The Homestead Act is a special Act that promoted migration to the western part of US. Public lands were made easily accessible to settlers with a small filing fee in exchange for 160 acres of land to be used for farming. Homesteaders received ownership of the land after continuously residing on the land for five years. Homesteaders also had an alternative of acquiring the land from the government by paying a specified amount per acre, after six months of residency. The Homestead Act resulted in the distribution of million acres of public land (Library of Congress n.p). The Act made it possible everyone, including, women from the middle and lower classes of the society to gain financial freedom and independence. In the early twentieth century, …show more content…
The women were expected to create a happy home, guard the religion, and the morality of her family. The unmarried and married women who tried to seek work outside the home faced limited employment opportunities because of their gender. Women were expected to only focus on domestic duties and her role were limited to continue living in the man’s world. Women roles were expected to be in line with the culture and norms set by the society. The American culture perceived that women were not intellectually and emotionally stable to be involved in the complex world of work and, therefore, women did not take up leadership and political roles. Some women who tried to go against the set norms in most cases were ridiculed and scorned. Such actions made the American women also believed that being at home, caring, and supporting their family was their only duty (Wishart …show more content…
In 1869, the Wyoming territory was first to grant women suffrage, hoping to attract women to the territory. Not all Western states promoted gender equality—in fact, in 1870 Wyoming denied women the right to serve on juries. Even so, it was the Western state of Montana that elected the first female member of the House of Representatives, Jeannette Rankin, in 1916, and the first female governors also hailed from the West (Hensley). In the West, women were allowed to own property in their own name through homesteading. Men encouraged women to make claims for homestead land so that they could double the size of the family's holdings. But the land was still in the women's name and she often had the final say in what should be done with it. As a result of their access to land and the booming agricultural economy in the West, some women ran ranches and farms by themselves. Along with their success owning and running farms and ranches, some women became real estate agents and speculators, buying and selling Western land
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Since there was many educational opportunities for women it began to lead more and more women to find their potential meaningful of their individual professional career. Also women 's salaries increased but not to the amount that men received. Even though women did not quite make as much as men do, it still felt like a huge accomplishment because it was much better circumstances than they had before. In 1972 the Equal Rights Amendment passed which lingered around congress for nearly fifty-five years. The wording of the ERA was simply understood: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
The Homestead Act was officially made a law in May 20, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. It made settlement possible in the western United States. By allowing all Americans, including freed slaves, to submit a claim for up to 160 free acres of federal land. The Homestead Act of 1862 basically stated that any adult citizen who headed a family could be entitled to a grant of 160 acres of free public land by paying a small fee and living on that land for five years or if that settler would pay small installments, he could obtain that land after six months of residency. The deal was that dwellers were required to improve the land by cultivating and building a dwelling on this free land.
Farmers moved west, with the aid of the Homestead Act of 1862 which granted 160 acres of land to those who lived on the land for 5 years and improved it, but they faced Real-Estate Investors and Land Speculators. In total, about ¼ of American Farmers were operated by tenants and Mortgage interest rates ranged from 8-40 percent because eastern loan companies felt deserved for helping develop the country. These Real-Estate Investors and Land Speculators were given a significant opportunities to earn lots of money, just at the expense of smaller businesses and
During the 1950s the American economy was overflowing by good wages, opportunities for jobs, a multitude of goods, and profits. However, there were expectations in the society and roles were expected to be taken by individuals. There was a myth that women were content by dedicating their lives to being mothers and housewives. Nevertheless, not all women were eagerly to take that role. At this time, women were expected to raise kids, cook, be a good wife, and stay home; when in reality, they wanted to have equal rights and explore their own abilities and talents outside of housework and motherhood.
“The 1920s brought a revolution in freedom and opportunities for women.” Do you agree? Explain your answer. In the 1920s, women changed a lot, for example, before 1917, every woman would be wearing restrictive clothing and have long hair.
The states sold their land grants to bankers and land spectators. 3. Homestead act, which allowed people to buy a piece of land for a very cheap price although there were some exceptions like you have to be 21, you must live on the land for 5 years and you had to improve your land. 4. All private property was equal.
Women were confined to the home, the household became the only outlet to express themselves and exercise their voices in decision making. For example, “their fashions, etiquette, domestic furnishings, social engagements, religious devotion, and charitable activity all served to delineate a universe within which women could demonstrate their power” (Conrad). Women took pride in various parts of their life,since it was the only way that they could express themselves. They made sure to put value in religion, charity, engagements, and fashions to represent themselves and family. Afterall , women did not have vast options to express themselves, they used available methods that were in their hands to separate themselves from each
The U.S had gained a lot of land, or frontiers in the West from Mexico. The land was undeveloped, therefore the U.S had to find a way to develop the land. The U.S would come up with the Homestead Act. The Homestead Acts states that any citizen or anyone planning to become a citizen is eligible to gain 160 acres of land, typically to form farms. The plan was intended to make the people stay in that land and create a
Women are breaking down barriers in today’s society. Some are CEOs, doctors, councilwomen, scientists, lawyers, and businesswomen. They have rejected the norm that says that a woman’s only role is to tend to the home and be obedient to their husbands. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case. In Ancient history, women have more commonly been inferior to men.
Have you ever heard the word “homestead” or “homesteader” and you didn’t understand what it meant? Did you hear it from a show on T.V., read it in a book, or even saw something on online that peaked your interest? You’ve looked it up and find that in truth it means something different to each person and each person sees it differently. But, you just want a straight answer? Well, you don’t have to have a lot of farm animals, a large garden, and a 30 acres of land to actually be a homesteader and if you do, all the better.
What does the portrayal of women in Beowulf tell you about how women were perceived and treated in Anglo-Saxon society? Well, that’s a very good question. The women in Beowulf were treated very similar to the women in the Anglo-Saxon society. They both had similar duties and responsibilities. The women in Beowulf were not insignificant figures; their roles weren’t limited in the poem.
(Flemming, p.28) Leaders like President Hoover from the paragraph before had first had a different idea on this. Women were also scared or ashamed to try careers or jobs that men had and just thought that women were better off staying at home. These multiple perspectives were what really made a problem
Women. Women’s involvement in the working world have contributed to many items that would be missing from the world today; if they had not been allowed to work.. Women have struggled with sexism in the workplace since before they were even given the chance to try to work. They were taught from a young age that their job was to provide children, cook, and clean for their husbands, while the husband worked and provided the money. What men did not know however was that women were capable of so much more(Jewell, Hannah).
This essay will deal with women’s role in Early Modern Society - their position in the family and the roles they undertook in the household. Although usually living as inferior beings to their male counterparts, women, as I hope to demonstrate, played a vital role in keeping the family afloat monetarily, educating the family religiously, farming and providing the family with food and drink from their own land, and many other activities. With the typical view of the Modern Early Household being one of a Male dominated one, where everything in the household is due to the actions of the male, I hope to prove that this was most definitely not the case. Early Modern Europe was a patriarchal society. As such, Women were seen as “weaker vessels”
The early part of the 19th century was a time of change for the United States. Up until this time, American’s generally lived in small, rural towns where work was tied to the home. With the onset of industrialization and more advanced forms of transportation and communication the north was becoming more modernized and society began shifting from agrarian to urban. Both men and young unmarried men and women began leaving their rural homes to look for jobs and a better way of life in the city. Because of this change, new gender ideologies began to change the way American’s thought about the roles men and women played in the home and in society.