How will you circumvent the law once you arrive in Oregon? Are you going to join family or friends? How is your life different on the trail or in the West? White Male Pioneer -Once in Oregon, white men could claim 320 acres if single or 640 acres if married -Men often traveled west out of a spirit of patriotism and a desire to claim the western part of the continent for the United States. -Other men sought the fertile, open land of the Oregon Territory. -Young men often joined wagon trains as helping hands- security, guides, wagon drivers etc. -As it usually cost up to $500 to outfit a family for a trip across the Oregon Trail, most families who made the journey were relatively wealthy. -Men were usually responsible for the upkeep of the wagon and livestock, decision-making, trail-finding, and provision of food and goods. Things to think about…. Why have you decided to journey on the Oregon Trail? Do you have a family? Where are you getting your trail information from? How are you handling your responsibilities on the trail? White female pioneer -Generally only white men could vote on trail decisions -Women were expected to abide by their husband’s decisions -Women often kept diaries and wrote frequently to people back east -It was generally expected that women fully cover themselves with a long dress and bonnet while traveling, but some women wore bloomers and uncovered their faces.
Dresses were sometimes thought of as a liability when traveling along the trail- the long skirt could get caught on a wagon or livestock
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