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In 1883, the body of a bear and Frank Devereaux were found dead beside each other with the ground around them thrashed for 20 square feet. It's believed the man and bear fought to the death. Were people tougher in the 1800s?

In 1883, the body of a bear and Frank Devereaux were found dead beside each other with the ground around them thrashed for 20 square feet. It's believed the man and bear fought to the death. Were people tougher in the 1800s?
  • Yes, in some ways they were.

    Yes, in some ways people were tougher in the 1800s. They had to survive using their wits and their physical strength. People had to fend off wild animals. They had to plow the land without the use of heavy equipment. They had to build their own homes. They sure were tough!

  • To some extent

    Yes, people were tougher in the 1800s, they had to face survival without the help of electricity, computers etc. They had to grow or kill the bulk of their food and a lot more manual labor was involved in building homes, making clothes and weapons etc. So yes, they were physically tougher.

  • It was necessary

    Simply being alive in the 19th century required a greater degree of toughness. There were no immediate care clinics or bottles of aspirin for aches and pains. That doesn't even take into account that many things we take for granted being able to purchase at Wal-Mart were not commercially available at all in that era.

  • No, he was just crazy.

    Frank Devereaux was a crazy man who though he could fight a bear. He could not. There are people today who might think they can do the same thing, but they cannot. Almost no one can fight against a bear and win. If someone tired to wrestle a bear they would die.


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