Farming Simulation 1872-1874

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Farming Simulation
1872-1874
Farming Families
Homesteader-farmer who received free
land if you live the land for 3 years
Tenant Farmer-(RENTS) resides on and
farms land owned by a landlord
Sharecropper-tenant farmer who gives a
share of the crops raised to the landlord
in lieu of rent.
Directions
Each “FAMILY” has $1500 to cover various expenses
on a 160 Acre Farm
-As a “FAMILY,” you will decide the number of acres
to plant particular crops and/or which livestock to
raise for the first year
***BOTH IN UNITS OF 10 (MULTIPLE TIMES 10)
Ex: 16 Acres of Barley times $2 (add Zero)- $320
7 Cattle times $10 (add Zero)- $700
-At the end of each year, I will present the
Investment return for each crop or livestock
Corn 
Barley
RYE
Rye
Tobacco
Cotton
Gus Gus
Whheattt
Dexter
Dolly
Barley
Corn
Cotton
Oats
Rye
Tobacco
Wheat
Cattle
Pigs
Sheep
1872
1.5
2
1
2
2
2
1.5
2
1.5
1.5
1873
Barley
Corn
Cotton
Oats
Rye
Tobacco
Wheat
Cattle
Pigs
Sheep
1.5
1.5
1.5
1.5
1.5
2
1.5
2
1
1
1874
Barley
Corn
Cotton
Oats
Rye
Tobacco
Wheat
Cattle
Pigs
Sheep
1.5
1.5
1
1
1
1
1.5
2
1
1.5
Discussion Questions
1. You started with $1500 in capital in 1872. After
three years, has your capital increased or
declined?
2. Provide evidence to the simple claim:
1. Farming is difficult…
2. Given the prevalence (frequency) of growing
debt, how does the family survive?
3. How could the farm cut its costs?
4. How could the farm family raise additional
income?
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