The Mid-to-Late 1800’s

  • Jane Addams

    Jane Addams

    Poor people living in cities in the 1800s and early 1900s endured contaminated water and food, pollution, unsafe houses, and much more. Jane Addams opened the first public house in the country. Fun Facts Jane Addams was born in 1860 near Chicago, Illinois. Her family lived in a big, comfortable…


  • Helen Keller

    Helen Keller

    A bout with a serious illness caused Helen Keller to become blind and deaf when she was 19 months old. She could not hear, see, or speak. Imagine how frustrating that must have been. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, taught her to communicate and opened her world. Fun Facts Helen Keller…


  • Elizabeth Blackwell

    Elizabeth Blackwell

    Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to attend medical school in the U.S. Throughout her life, she endured persecution for being a woman doctor. Fun Facts Elizabeth was born in 1821 in Bristol, England. She was the third child of nine children. Four unmarried aunts also lived in their home.…


  • Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony was passionate about women’s rights, abolition, and the temperance movement. Even when she was old, she was full of energy and determination. Fun Facts Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts in 1820. Her father, Daniel Anthony, was a Quaker. Her mother, Lucy Read, was a…


  • Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott is one of the most beloved authors of all time. She wrote Little Women and many other books for children. Fun Facts Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1832. Her father, Bronson Alcott, was a teacher; her mother, Abby May, was a social worker.…


  • Clara Barton

    Clara Barton

    Born on Christmas Day in 1821, Clara Barton was a teacher, nurse, and leader. She was the founder of the Red Cross. Fun Facts Clara was born in Oxford, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of five children born to Stephen and Sarah Barton. As a teenager, Clara nursed her seriously…


  • Queen Liliuokalani

    Queen Liliuokalani

    Liliuokalani was the last monarch of Hawaii before it became part of the United States. She resisted the United States’ efforts to annex her country, but eventually lost. Fun Facts Liliuokalani was born in 1838 in Honolulu. Her parents were highly respected chiefs. As a child, she was called Lydia.…


  • The Orphan Train

    The Orphan Train

    As immigrants flooded to America from Europe, they discovered that finding jobs and homes was often harder than they’d expected. Thousands of people came to New York City every year and there weren’t enough resources to go around. These people ended up living in the streets, homeless. Their children often…


  • Pioneer Jobs

    If you were a pioneer, what would your job be? Would you go to college? How would you earn money? Would you retire at age 65? Let’s find out. Fun Facts Most pioneer communities were based on an agricultural economy. That means that the communities revolved around farms. Farmers were…


  • Pioneer Society

    Pioneers didn’t have texting, video games, Internet, fast food, or shopping malls. They didn’t participate in sports or after school activities. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have friends or fun times. Fun Facts Pioneers generally lived in small, remote communities. They were probably accustomed to a quieter, simpler life…