Follow me down to Nicodemus town : based on the history of the African American pioneer settlement

by LaFaye, A.,

Format: Print Book 2019.
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Summary
When Dede sees a notice offering land to black people in Kansas, her family decides to give up their life of sharecropping to become homesteading pioneers in the Midwest. Inspired by the true story of Nicodemus, Kansas, a town founded in the late 1870s by Exodusters--former slaves leaving the Jim Crow South in search of a new beginning--this fictional story follows Dede and her parents as they set out to stake and secure a claim, finally allowing them to have a home to call their own.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Growing up in the South during the 1870s, Dede dreams that someday she and her parents can stop sharecropping and start farming their own land. With hard work, long hours, and a bit of luck, they gather enough money to move to Kansas and claim land for colored folks near Nicodemus, a new town on the prairie. Treated kindly by their neighbors, they spend several years fencing, planting, and harvesting in order to prove their claim on the land. When they succeed, their community gathers to celebrate outside their dugout home. An appended note comments on sharecropping, the Exodusters, the forced removal of Native Americans from the Great Plains, and the history of Nicodemus. LaFaye, whose novel Worth (2004) won the Scott O'Dell Award, lets Dede tell her story and grounds it in engaging period details of her everyday experiences. In a series of emotionally resonant pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, Tadgell clearly expresses the aspirations, labors, and emotions of the main characters. An appealing picture book exploring a part of pioneer history that deserves to be more widely known.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Kansas -- Nicodemus -- History -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S) -- Fiction.
Nicodemus (Kan.) -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890 -- Juvenile fiction.
Nicodemus (Kan.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890 -- Fiction.
Publisher Chicago, Illinois :2019.
Contributors Tadgell, Nicole, 1969- illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780807525357
0807525359
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