The Homesteader

The Homesteader : A Novel (1917)

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This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 552 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 35mm | 975g
  • Kessinger Publishing
  • Whitefish MT, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0548998361
  • 9780548998366

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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.show more