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Read the following article about the invention of barbed wire.Copy the following questions, paste them into the "Comments" box, then answer each question.

1. Why was fencing hard to come by on the great plains and southwest?

2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year?

3. Who got improved upon the design and got the first patent?  What year?

4. What were some positive consequences of this invention?

5. What were some negative consequences?

6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been used?

 


Jonathan S. Adi P. Alonzo L. Haden.
12/02/2013 10:32am

1. Why was fencing hard to come by on the Great Plains and southwest?
ANSWER: Usual wooden fences were hard to get and they were costly.

2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year?
ANSWER: Michael Kelly in 1868

3. Who got improved upon the design and got the first patent? What year?
ANSWER: Joseph Glidden got the first patent in 1874.

4. What were some positive consequences of this invention?
ANSWER: It protected people and property from unwanted visitors. Barbed wire proved to be cheaper, easier, and quicker to use than anything else.

5. What were some negative consequences?
ANSWER: Too much barbed wire around lands meant that the herders had to depend on the public roads and lands which over-grazed and this would make cattle-herding become extinct.
6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been used?
ANSWER: It protected people and property from unwanted visitors. It protects military weapons.

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adi
12/03/2013 10:10am

Good Answer!

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Grace C. Monday C. Olivia H. Mckenna C
12/02/2013 10:33am

1.Why was fencing hard to come by on the great plains and southwest?
The wooden fences were costly because there were very few trees. These fences came before barbed wire. Barbed wire was cheaper, easier, and quicker to use then any of the other alternatives.

2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year?
Michael Kelly gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire in 1868.

3. Who got improved upon the design and got the first patent? What year?
Joseph Glidden improved the design in 1873-1874. He was the king of the barbed wire.

4. What were some positive consequences of this invention?
Barbed Wire was used in wars to protect people from unwanted intrusion.
This was a very good use of barbed wire.

5. What were some negative consequences?
Barbed wire was blocking Native Americans land. The cattle were eating too much of the grass

6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been?
Barbed wire now is used in schools, playgrounds, churches, pool fences, parking lots, jail yards, power lines, and sometimes wire against plants to keep them from overgrowing.

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Allie,Adam,Amy,Alexandra
12/03/2013 10:05am

1.Why was fencing hard to come by on the great plains and southwest?
Because a lot of the items they needed were scarce.

2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year?
Joseph Glidden in 1874

3. Who got improved upon the design and got the first patent? What year?
Michael Kelly in 1873 and 1874

4. What were some positive consequences of this invention?
It was used to defend the camp sites during the Spanish American war

5. What were some negative consequences?
Cattle herders became extinct

6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been used?
It was used for weapons and helped cattle stay out of the crops.

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Simon D., Elijah K., Will B., and Brandon D.
12/03/2013 10:06am

1. Why was fencing hard to come by on the Great Plains and southwest?
The amount of lumber was very scarce in the region. Very few trees grew there. Wooden fences were very costly and hard to acquire. Barbed-wire was much cheaper and much easier to acquire.
2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year?
Michael Kelly 1868
3. Who improved upon the design and got the first patent? What year?
Joseph Glidden November 24, 1874
4. What were some positive consequences of this invention?
Cattle had more secure fencing; most burglars got caught while trying to steal cattle, and it protected people from the war
5. What were some negative consequences?
The cattle herders now had less area to walk the cattle; when cattle bumped into the fence; they got scratched and cut, and usually bled to death.
6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been used?
Through WW1 and wars up to today
Prisons and Concentration Camps

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Simon D.
12/03/2013 10:07am

Great job Guys!!!

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Eli K.
12/03/2013 10:09am

Awesome!!

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1. Why was fencing hard to come by on the Great Plains and southwest?
It was expensive and it was hard to make them yourself.

2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year?
Michael Kelly in 1873.

3. Who got improved upon the design and got the first patent? What year?
Joseph Glidden in 1874.

4. What were some positive consequences of this invention?
The cattle stayed in.

5. What were some negative consequences?
Cattle drivers couldn’t go anymore.

6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been used?
To keep out preators.


Morgan P, Hayley I, Peyton L, Sophia C
12/03/2013 10:14am

1. Why was fencing hard to come by on the Great Plains and southwest? Fencing was hard to come by because wooden fences were costly and difficult to acquire on the prairie and plains. Lumber was in such short supply in the region.

2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year? Michael Kelly gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire. It was in 1868.

3. Who got improved upon the design and got the first patent? What year? Joseph Glidden improved the design of barbed wire. It was in 1873-1874.

4. What were some positive consequences of this invention? Some positive consequences of this invention are that it kept cattle from roaming away.

5. What were some negative consequences? Some negative consequences are that it made the cattle drive on public land and would make cattle drives extinct

6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been used? Barbed wire was used to protect people and property from unwanted intrusion.



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Makenzie B., Sofia B., Toni M., Willam S.
12/03/2013 10:26am




1. Why was fencing hard to come by on the Great Plains and southwest?
Because the sheep and the cattle were always knocking down the fence making unusable and a waste of wire.
2. Who gets credit as the first inventor of barbed wire, and in what year?
Michael Kelly in 1868

3. Who got improved upon the design and got the first patent? What year?
Joseph Glidden in 1874

4. What were some positive consequences of this invention?
The positive consequence was that the sheep and cattle were no longer getting out and having to be chased around to get them.

5. What were some negative consequences?
The consequences were that at first the cattle and sheep weren’t use to the new wire and were still trying to knock it down and sometimes even getting hurt.


6. Besides containing livestock, what are some other ways in which barbed wire has been used?
It kept unwanted animals and people from entering the cattle and sheep pen(s). To protect military installation. To establish territorial boundaries. For prisoner confinement. To keep other thing that are unwanted from coming in and eating or stealing there stuff.

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