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The homesteader : a novel

Author: Oscar Micheaux; Learthen Dorsey
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Autobiographical, The Homesteader expands on and continues the life of a black pioneer first described in The Conquest. In this incarnation, Jean Baptiste is his name. He has just purchased land in South Dakota when he meets his "dream girl," but to his mind marriage is impossible because she is white. Willful but warm-hearted, refusing to act as if he has no power to shape events, Baptiste cultivates his land and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pastoral fiction
Western stories
Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oscar Micheaux; Learthen Dorsey
ISBN: 0803282087 9780803282087
OCLC Number: 29878307
Notes: Originally published: Sioux City, Iowa, Western Book Supply Company, 1917.
Description: 533 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: by Oscar Micheaux ; introduction to the Bison Book edition by Learthen Dorsey ; illustrated by W.M. Farrow.
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Autobiographical, The Homesteader expands on and continues the life of a black pioneer first described in The Conquest. In this incarnation, Jean Baptiste is his name. He has just purchased land in South Dakota when he meets his "dream girl," but to his mind marriage is impossible because she is white. Willful but warm-hearted, refusing to act as if he has no power to shape events, Baptiste cultivates his land and plans his future. In the face of drought, pestilence, and foreclosure, he turns to writing. His first marriage to the daughter of a Chicago minister collapses in acrimony and high drama. The circumstances that lead to its failure are a telling social commentary. Always learning, Baptiste demands respect and embodies the strengths of the pioneer, the vision of the empire builder. His story will impress and inspire in this cynical age without heroic models.

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