A Day in the Life of a Farmer During the Homestead Act
Hi! I'm a farmer from the 19th Century during the Westward Expansion.
My dream to be a farmer came true when the Homestead Act was passed in 1862 by the congress
This is my house and my family. The land was going for $1.25 per acre.
Everything was going great but I was stuck in an economic cycle. In the late 1800s, the crop industry was failing. Farmers were mortgaging their land so they could buy more land and plant more crops and good farming land was becoming scarce. Railroads were taking advantage of us farmers by charging us excessive prices for shipping and storage. This caused us economic distress during the civil war. In 1867, Oliver Hudson Kelley made an organization that changed everything called grange.
The grange sparked other organizations like the farmers alliances which was an organization that other people sided with us in the 1870s.
Then, the panic of 1893 came, and farmers had overdue debts and loans. This caused railroads, banks and other businesses to crash.
Silver versus gold became a hot topic for workers like farmers and others. People preferred silver or gold instead of paper currency. People who preferred silver were people who favored bimetallism and people who liked gold favored gold standards
At the very start of the 20th century, populism came to an end. Farmers were having less issues with money, and I loved my job again