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By Sharon Creech

ISBN-10: 0060007281

ISBN-13: 9780060007287

In the future, Mr. Keene known as the entire scholars and lecturers jointly and stated, "This is an excellent, fantastic college! any longer, let's have college on Saturdays too." after which there has been extra. college all weekend. college at the vacation trips. institution in the summertime! What used to be subsequent . . . institution AT evening? So it truly is as much as Tillie to teach her well-intentioned relevant, Mr. Keene, that even if his positive, advantageous college is an excellent position, it is not fantastic, fantastic to be there forever.

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For years, her only income came from selling eggs at two cents a dozen—until oil was discovered on her land and she became a very wealthy woman. Women homesteaded for many different reasons. Some women filed claims simply to increase their families’ holdings; 47 Land of Many Hands Lena Carlson and her brother homesteaded next to each other in Benson County, North Dakota, in 1898. They shared a team of horses and farm equipment. Parents and adult children also took out adjoining claims. Whenever possible, families and friends who homesteaded came west together, tried to select neighboring quarter sections, and built their homes close to each other.

43 Land of Many Hands nation’s size and opened fertile new farmland and grasslands for settlement. Starting in the early 19th century, homesteaders left the crowded towns and villages of the eastern seaboard and began to settle the trans-Appalachian West—the region that is now Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. By the 1830s, farmers and homesteaders had set their sights even farther west—to Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. One farmer from western Illinois complained that people were settling “right under his nose”— though his closest neighbor was 12 miles away.

While the men went on long expeditions to explore the region, the women cultivated and harvested fields of corn and other crops. The Hispanic settlers encountered mostly Pueblo Indians, and though they quickly gained control of the region by armed force, both cultures gradually learned from each other and adapted the other’s cultural traditions to their own. Pueblo women, forced to work for their Hispanic conquerors, began preparing Hispanic foods and using Hispanic tools and livestock such as horses—an animal they had not seen before—in their daily tasks.

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