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The Homestead Act of 1862 was designed to

A

open up land in the West to be acquired by independent farmers.

B

sell farmland in the West in order to fund the Civil War.

C

open up land in the West for railroad building.

D

grant land to people who were willing to either grow trees or do other work to make otherwise poor land suitable for farming.

E

build housing out in the West to create cooperative farm communities.

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