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Prairie Fever

Prairie Fever
Photo Description:
This piece explores a much-overlooked moment in history. In the 1850's settlers travelled west from the more populated American states to the Prairies. Many families arrived, only to discover that the land they were to call home was desolate and harsh. The isolation and living conditions were so unbearable that many people were driven insane. Though the symptoms varied, this extreme increase in insanity in the Great Plains was coined as "Prairie Fever" or "Prairie Madness". This image is meant, not only to educate the viewer but also to give a voice to those who suffered as result of the false promises of prosperity that were being spread.
James Perry , 18 yrs
Etobicoke School of the Arts