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Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Richmond Chapter 9: The Frontier Is Settled

The establishment of the Homestead Act followed by the Timber Culture Act led to a general increase in the Kansas population. While many people tried to take advantage of the opportunity for land they found that living on the frontier was very difficult. There were difficulties in getting supplies and the Indian conflicts led to raising tensions, fears and distrust between Kansans and the Native Americans. The other key issue was weather and economic fluctuations. They weather was unpredictable but the economic depressions was going to become the origin of some of the Populist ideas. The chapter once again gives a good overview of life for the people in the state. The innovations and the adaptations people made include changing the landscapes by digging wells and trenches to provide water, and finding alternative fuels due to shortages of timber. Students could generate a list of “essential items” needed by the settlers of this time period in order to survive a difficult life on the plains.

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