The Homestead Law, an agricultural reform law, was signed by Abrahm Lincoln in 1862. It gave to heads of families or persons over 21 years of age 160 acres of public land with the requirement that they improve it and live on it for five years. Most of this land was in the West, and was largely desert or semi-arid land, too marginal to support a family on the meagre acreage allotment.
A fascinating look into America's past, The Homestead Cookbook contains over 100 authentic recipes, remedies and reminders of this important time in our country's history. It records the way in which sturdy, enterprising pioneers met the realities of self-preservation.
The book includes photographs, illustrations and advertisements from those pioneer days. A must have for any serious history buff.
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Published January 1, 1976
by Superior Publishing Company.