TEACHERS: Want the podcast?

Learn More
Driving west the homestead act

Image in the public domain.

ELA High School Medium ELL

Driving West, The Homestead Act

In the early 20th century Americans streamed to the middle of the country because of the Homestead Acts. These were federal laws that gave people ownership of the land for free. In this public radio story you hear from people who grew up on homesteads in Montana in the early 20th century describing life on the plains. Both people’s families were fairly isolated and self-sufficient, working hard to make a living off the land, but their affection for it is still strong.

Civil War Immigration Geography US History I Agriculture Westward Expansion

Story Length: 5:23

Listen to the Story:


Mountain West Voices

AIR DATE: 07/12/2012

Want to hear the story and see the teaching resources?

  • Access to full library of lessons
  • Daily current events
  • Listening comprehension questions
  • Graphic Organizers
Learn More


Related Lessons