Hardships and Homesteaders Part E

Homesteaders: those who farmed claims under the Homestead Act and were living on the prairie.

In the West it was relentlessly rugged. People lived in dugouts and soddies. It was backbreaking labor, and everyone worried about money. Falling crop prices created debt, and interest rates were crippling. Floods, prairie fires, dust storms, and droughts could all destroy crops. Bugs ravaged the fields, and insects carried diseases. Rattle snakes were often found in homes.

A Dust Storm

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