This biography is another excellent piece of writing from Charles River editors. Laura Ingalls was born in 1867 to Charles and Caroline Ingalls who lived in Pepin, Wisconsin. Her parents wanted to buy land on which to farm, but they were deceived into purchasing Indian lands and were forced to give them up. After they returned home to Wisconsin and saved up again. this time they moved to Minnesota. Laura’s baby brother was born and became ill soon after. The family spent all their money trying to make him well, but he soon died. Laura’s sister Mary became ill with scarlet fever in 1879. Mary suffered blindness as a result. Laura then served as her sister’s guide. She could not go to school but developed her storytelling skills in order to explain the world to her sister. Soon the family joined her father in South Dakota. Her father became both a shopkeeper and a farmer. He saved enough money to send the girls to school. Laura also got a job as a seamstress. When Laura turned 16, she began to teach farm children. In 1885 Laura married Almanzo Wilder. They had two children, but their son soon died. Then their house burned to the ground. So they moved to Florida and worked hard to save money. Finally, they had enough saved enough to buy a farm in Missouri. On the trip, Laura wrote down what she saw in a journal. By 1910 Laura was writing for a local newspaper and worked to help make life better for the women who lived on the farms. Like many other women such as Susan B. Anthony, Laura felt that women should be treated better. She worked with the Farm Loan Association to get loans for her neighbors who needed them. By 1930 Laura no longer wrote for the newspaper. She wrote stories about her life growing up on the prairie. Americans loved her stories. Laura opened the first public library in her town of Mansfield. She lived until the age of 90. The Little House books are still read today.
The story is a mirror of life during the time of western expansion. There are actual photographs that help us to know the characters in the story. We are given a glimpse into nineteenth century life in America.