Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Homestead Act and the Oklahoma Land Run

OK Land Runs, Laissez-faire and Social Darwinism

Bob Blackburn talked about the history of the Oklahoma Land Runs of the late 1800s and the laissez-faire government and social Darwinism philosophies that underlay the concept. ** This clip is part of C-SPAN Classroom's FREE resources for teachers and students. Visit www.c-spanclassroom.org for more info. **

Description

Bob Blackburn talked about the history of the Oklahoma Land Runs of the late 1800s and the laissez-faire government and social Darwinism philosophies that underlay the concept.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain the Homestead Act.
  • Describe the population and landscape of OK during the 1800s.
  • What were the “unassigned lands?”
  • What action did Congress take to settle this area? Explain how the philosophies of Laissez-faire Government and Social Darwinism applied to this plan.
  • Describe the Land Run that occurred on April 22, 1889. What was the result?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Allotment
    • Homestead Act
    • Laissez-faire Government
    • Public Domain
    • Social Darwinism

    Topics

    GeographyState HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity