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The Life of a Homesteader


A homesteader was a person that moved west and lived in a cabin. The cabin was made out of wet hay and mud. Sometimes they were made out of wood. The cabins had many insects and rats in them as well as a lot of dirt. If a homesteader ran out of something, they could borrow from a neighbor or live without it. Many homesteaders and children worked from early in the morning to late at night. Their work was to plant, harvest, make soap, make candles, do the laundry, sew, cook, and clean the house. The food was really important for them. They didn’t have fresh fruit or vegetables with vitamin C in them. They didn’t have fresh fruit in winter most of the time. This caused dangerous sicknesses like a lot of weakness, bleeding gums, and bleeding under your skin. The farmers grew fruit and vegetables in their gardens and they picked up wild fruit like raspberries in the summer. That was the life of a homesteader.



Sources
Steele Christy. Pioneer Life in the American West. U.S.A.: World Almanac Library, 2005

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