Measuring the Homestead Act

Julius Wilm

In his new project, Julius turns to the analysis of land appropriation in the American West of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During his time at the GHI and the Roy Rosenzweig Center, he works on a database and a web map that combines quantitative data on homesteading between the Civil War and the First World War, thus making the economic, social and racial dimensions of America’s most famous settlement law more tangible. Julius is simultaneously working on a publication on the advantages and disadvantages of digitized source collections and digital research methods for doing history.