Pioneer Children

Time Frame: 1800's

Life on the frontier in the 1800s was lonely and hard for pioneer children.
“The Prairie Pioneers,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 4, Iowa Public Television, 1977.

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For the pioneer child life on the frontier was hard and lonely. Families were isolated and most children had no opportunity to make friends or play with people their own age. Boys worked with their fathers in the field: gaining experience behind the plow, chopping fire wood, harvesting crops and generally doing a man’s work.

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Girls learned very quickly to do the work of women: cooking, sewing and caring for the younger children.


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