The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 453
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The Initial Homestead Exemption in Texas
was deliberated by the constituent assembly.62 The land reform
movement had nothing to do with the adoption of homestead
exemption in Texas or with the homestead exemption laws en-
acted in the other states before 1845.
Consequently, Turner's thesis is valid in so far as it concerns
homestead exemption. The first statutory and constitutional
homestead exemptions were adopted in the West. Until 1845
homestead exemption was regarded primarily as a debtor issue,
enacted solely in southern states whose agricultural economy was
basically a debtor and a slave labor economy. It is not surprising
that the leaders and press of organized white labor wielded no
influence. After 1845, however, a second period began in home-
stead exemption legislation and the land reform movement of
the eastern working-men spread throughout the country and
aided in accelerating the adoption of homestead exemptions.
162Lena London, "Homestead Exemption in the Wisconsin Constitution,"
Wisconsin Magazine of History, XXXII (December, 1948), 176-184; Lena London,
"Homestead Exemption in the Indiana Constitution of 1851," Indiana Magazine
of History, XLIV (September, 1948), 267-280.
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