Some hardships faced by frontier farmers were a lack of rainfall and dense earth that was difficult to plow, owing to the tough grasses of the Great Plains. They were therefore heavily reliant upon agricultural technologies such as wind-powered pumps, to raise water from underground, and plows that were reinforced with steel tips.Know More
Because of these hardships, frontier farmers were given large tracts of land by the government in return for nominal fees, providing they could successfully improve them. This was the Homestead Act of 1862.
However, frontier farmers on this land were also subject to attacks by Native Americans, who objected to being displaced from their ancestral land and confined to reservations.Learn more about US History
Though a nomadic group, the Sioux bands roamed a massive swath of the Great Plains, from the Rocky Mountains in the west, east to Minnesota and south to Oklahoma. They also roamed as far north as modern Winnipeg, Manitoba.Full Answer >
The Dust Bowl was both a geographical location in the Midwest and a series of devastating droughts that crippled the economy in the 1930s by shutting down many farms and forcing farmers to leave in search of jobs that did not exist. The first of the droughts occurred when the Great Depression was underway, which meant work was scarce. Many former farmers ended up homeless.Full Answer >
American pioneers were primarily farmers by necessity. Farming was a way of survival and established a claim of land ownership. While farming was their primary occupation, pioneers were also hunters, trappers, loggers and carpenters.Full Answer >
The main cause of the Populist movement was the ignorance that the Democratic and Republican parties had over the difficulties and interests of farmers in the South and Midwest. Farmers took advantage of their numbers to try to demand positive change. They demanded an increased income tax for people who earned high salaries.Full Answer >