How were they different?
"Our neighbors," wrote New Englander Lucy Maynard, "are principally from Indiana and Kentucky, some from Virginia, all friendly but very different from our people in their manners and language and every other way." These early settlers of Illinois, the Yankees from New England and the Southerners, or Plain Folks, as they called themselves, lived side by side on the fringes of the prairie but had very different values and social patterns.
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Why they came
Views of each other
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