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100 Years of Change

Pioneer farming was hard work. Early pioneers had few machines to help them do their work. Almost every pioneer farm job was done by hand with handmade tools.

Explore the following resources that describe pioneer farming from the early 1800s to the horse-powered farm of the early 1900s.

The Iowa Agriculturist follows the annual cycle of farm work from plowing to harvesting.

1900 Horse-powered Farm
What was the role of draft horses on an early farm?


Directions

Use the above resources to build a chart identifying and illustrating the farm jobs done during each season.

  1. Title your chart "100 Years of Change"
  2. Divide your chart into two columns to show how this work was done on the pioneer farm and how it was done on the horse-powered farm of 1900.
  3. For each column, describe the farm jobs done during each season-spring, summer, fall, and winter.
  4. Illustrate your chart with original drawings. The following resources such as paintings by Iowa artist Grant Wood may help get you started.

    Breaking the Prairie

    Fall Plowing

    Young Corn

    Stone City

    Spring in the Country - Grant Wood

    Going Back to Iowa - The World of Grant Wood


History Detective Continued...

 

 

 
   
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