Examining Related Evidence: Robert Louis
Stevenson's Transcontinental Journey, 1879
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, Thirteenth Edition. Or you can view the feature here
In Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his transcontinental journey, he found many features of the landscape in Nebraska remarkable. At the same time as Stevenson was journeying West, settlers were moving onto those Nebraska plains. To investigate further by comparing photos of Nebraska with Stevenson's account, go to the PBS website on "The West
Examine the six photos of farmers in Nebraska (7.1a–7.3b).
- What geographic features described by Stevenson also appear in the photos?
- Identify at least two examples in the photos of the farmers adapting to the geography of the plains.
- How do these families seem to feel about having their photographs taken? Explain.
- Do these family photographs remind you of any images you have seen before? Explain
- How do you imagine Stevenson would have felt about these farmers?