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Early Settlers

Early Settlers

 

 In our research, we learned about how African-American settlers came to Nebraska. Even though African Americans have lived in parts of Nebraska since the 1850s, but around 1904, a new wave of settlers arrived to Nebraska. Black settlers wanted to be able to get land of their own, and thanks to the Kinkaid Act, land in the “Sand Hills” area was available. The Kinkaid Act of 1904, and the Homestead Act of 1862 before, allowed black families to go into Nebraska in search for land. Settlers heard Nebraska was a safe place for blacks to go, and it also had millions of acres of free land. When settlers first arrived they struggled looking for shelter. Since there was a lack of trees in Nebraska, sod houses were used for shelter. If the weather was too hot or too cold, growing crops became difficult. Settler life wasn't always pleasant. Many settlers were poor and could not afford many extras in life. Mother Nature was cruel in areas of Nebraska, starting wild prairie fires that destroyed all in its path. The early black settlers didn't always have it easy, and the following is a look into what life was like for these forgotten members of our state’s history.

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In our research, we learned about how African-American settlers came to Nebraska. Even though African Americans have lived in parts...

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