Iowa Past to Present

Iowa Past to Present Online Teacher's Guide

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Chapter 4: Pioneers on the Prairie


In the nineteenth century, thousands of people left the East to establish new homes in the West. At first they settled in states like Ohio and Indiana, but by the 1830s settlers were moving into Iowa. Soon after their arrival, the newcomers wrote letters to friends and relatives back East telling them about Iowa's fertile soil. Between 1833 and 1870, almost one million people came to live in Iowa. By 1870, most of the state had been settled and farms and small towns had appeared everywhere.

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This online teachers guide was developed as a companion to the textbook Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie (Revised 3rd Ed.); written by Dorothy Schwieder, Thomas Morain, and Lynn Nielsen; published by University of Iowa Press. Select a chapter from the list below to find related content and classroom resources.



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