History

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

The Doomsday Cookie

Can a cookie save lives? The United States government thought so. In fact, they were on a mission to save…

3 days ago

Blizzards: Furies of Nature

Today, the Great Plains is an area of great resources and beauty. Nevertheless, during past days and even current times,…

3 weeks ago

Hooch and Hell Raisin’: Women Bootleggers

Women bootleggers put men to shame in the days of Prohibition. Women moonshine smugglers were not unheard of; in fact,…

1 month 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…

2 months 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…

2 months ago

Dearfield: A Dream Lost to Drought and Depression

It’s a story with a simple, but remarkable, beginning. In 1910 a Black American entrepreneur joined forces with a legendary…

2 months ago

The Peanut Man: George Washington Carver

"I believe the Great Creator has put oil and ores on this earth to give us a breathing spell. As…

2 months ago

The Blair Colony: Freed Slaves Homesteading in the Dakota Territory

In the space of a few short months, two momentous and highly positive events occurred in America, even as the…

2 months ago

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…

2 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,…

2 months ago