Quiz 26: The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution, 1865-1896
The Homestead Act Was Less Successful Than Hoped
The Homestead Act was less successful than hoped. Why? Consider the provisions of the law. What were its strengths, its weaknesses, and its loopholes? How did the environmental conditions on the Great Plains affect the Homestead Act?
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Was the reservation system inherently flawed from the beginning, or might it have worked if the federal government had enabled the Indians to keep more and better land and had treated them more fairly?
Explain the ultimate defeat of the Plains Indians by whites. Select and discuss at least three major reasons for the decline of the Plains culture; then tell which you think was the most important and why.
If you had lived in the 1880s as a white farmer on the Great Plains, what would you have proposed as a solution to the Indian problem? What would have been your view on concentration, the Dawes Severalty Act, and the savagery of Indian warfare?
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