History

Homesteading History articles collected over two decades from experienced homesteaders who know what they’re talking about.

He Wrote the Book – Oscar Micheaux: The Homesteader

Oscar Micheaux walked the walk, talked the talk, wrote the book, and made the movie; he was perhaps more than…

3 weeks ago

Right On, Sister! The Feminization of Farming in North America

There has always been a female face to agriculture: the tough homesteader pioneer woman on the frontier; the milkmaid; the…

4 weeks ago

The Fine Art of Moonshine – The History of Moonshining

It was a simpler time, before railroads were built or the coal industry and tourism began to change the landscape.…

2 months ago

The Farmer, Civilization, and Liberty

Civilization began with farming. Artisans, traders, philosophers, and scientists and the historians to document them all did not, could not,…

2 months ago

Making Mead: A Celebration of Our Unified Past

Mead: in the western world, the very word conjures images of warriors in leathers drinking from horns or human skulls.…

3 months ago

Black, Female, and Homesteader

It was tough to be black in the U.S. in the era of “reconstruction” which some people frankly think of…

3 months ago

Victory Gardens: Winners and Losers

I was born just before the end of World War II.  As a child I often heard the term "victory…

4 months ago

Bamewawagezhikaquay: The most famous person you never heard of.

I'd like to introduce you to an extraordinary life, that of the pleasant-looking young woman in the portrait above. On…

4 months ago

The Exodusters: The Roots of African American Homesteading

History’s ironies never cease to amaze me. The same day that Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, on January 1,…

5 months ago

Willa Cather: My Ántonia and the Settlement of the Great Plains

"There was nothing but land; not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made… I…

6 months ago

Music Carriers of the Southern Appalachians: Sharing History Through Song

If you’ve ever traveled through the southern Appalachian Mountains, you will immediately understand, even from the window of your car,…

6 months ago

Peboan and Seegwun (Winter and Spring)

Peboan and Seegwun is a Chippewa allegory.  This is another example of one of Jane Schoolcraft's translated stories that found…

6 months ago