The Nation: New Homestead

It was homesteading that first opened the American West, but for decades the nation's small farmers have been slowly abandoning the land for the cities. Now, in an experiment, the Office of Economic Opportunity in Oklahoma has begun a homesteading program that will initially settle 300 families, many of them urban welfare clients, on wooded ten-acre farms near Stringtown. This month the first families will begin moving in. Each will receive a chain saw with which to clear the land, then will sell the timber in order to begin paying for the land at...

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