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Women Homesteading on the Plains

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

A little known and quite amazing fact about the frontier is that a quarter of homesteaders were women! View the video below for a glimpse of what it was like for female pioneers in the 1800s to settle on the American Great Plains. And stay tuned for tomorrow's post of heartbreaking and inspiring journals and photographs of women homesteaders settling the American frontier!

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Feb 24, 2020

Many started out with a family but due to circumstances found themselves head of the household! These women rose to the job at hand and provided for their families!


Deborah Hufford

Author, Notes from the Frontier

Deborah Hufford is an award-winning author and magazine editor with a passion for history. Her popular blog with 100,000+ readers has led to an upcoming novel! Growing up as an Iowa farmgirl, rodeo queen and voracious reader, her love of land, lore and literature fired her writing muse. With a Bachelor's in English and Master's in Journalism from the University of Iowa, she taught students of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, then at Northwestern University, Marquette and Mount Mary. Her extensive publishing career began at Better Homes & Gardens, includes credits in New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Connoisseur, many other titles, and serving as publisher of The Writer's Handbook


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