In this chapter you have read about the rush to settle the western half of the United States. As farmers and ranchers moved into new areas they brought their cultures and dreams with them. Some families lived at great distances from others and endured loneliness as well as the hardships of farm life. In other areas newly settled land quickly grew into towns and cities. In this activity you will take a closer look at the lives of average farm families during the late 1800s.
Destination Title: Rural Life in the Late 19th Century
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Start at the Web site about Rural Life in the Late 19th Century.
- Scroll down and read the material on the first page.
- In the menu on the right, click on and read the links titled Home Remedies, People Were Frugal, and Shaken Loose and Moving.
After you have read the entries, answer the following the questions.