By Judith Miller
Lured by way of the promise of "real" freedom and a brand new city to name their very own, sharecroppers Ezekial Harban and his 3 daughters depart at the back of remnants of slavery within the war-torn south and trigger for Nicodemus, Kansas. once they arrive, they're stunned to work out that little of what they have been promised really exists. Many head again domestic, yet Ezekial and his daughters are made up our minds to construct a brand new existence within the stark territory. Dr. Boyle, a newly arrived health care professional in neighboring Hill urban, is termed to bring a child in Nicodemus. He and his kinfolk are moved via the plight of the settlers there and vow to assist. however the white pioneers of Hill urban face difficulties, too. whilst the lives of those households intersect, neither city will ever be a similar. Freedom's direction publication 1.
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Sharecroppers—Fiction. 6. Pioneers—Fiction. 7. Kansas—Fiction. I. Title II. Series: McCoy-Miller, Judith. Freedom’s path ; bk. 54—dc22 2005005867 TO TRACIE PETERSON For enduring friendship and blessed sisterhood in Christ A MESSAGE TO MY READERS First Dawn is a novel based upon the settlement of two towns formed by a group of African-American and Caucasian men with a vision to settle western Kansas in the late nineteenth century. Their plan called for one city, Nicodemus, to be predominately settled by African-Americans and the other community, Hill City, to be predominately settled by Caucasians.
Ezekiel patted Jarena’s arm. “Don’ discourage the chil’. This here’s a fine-lookin’ city, and if Nicodemus is only a smidgen as grand, I’ll be happy. I know we done the right thing coming here. ” Jarena walked alongside her father, remembering back several months ago when he’d rushed through the front door of their small house clutching a tattered handbill. He waved the paper in front of her and insisted she immediately stop cooking and read the words aloud. The broadside explained that the largest colored town in America was being formed two hundred and fifty miles west of Topeka, Kansas.
No, I can’t say as I do. We’re goin’ to somethin’ better, Jarena. We’ll have land of our own and a town where we’ll be free to make decisions instead of white folk making ’em for us. ” “Things weren’t so bad for you in Georgetown, Nellie. You could have gone to school as long as—” “You know I don’ like book learning. And workin’ as a housekeeper fer them white folk wasn’t much better than bein’ a slave. They didn’t treat me no better, and that’s a fact. I never had a free minute fer myself. When I wasn’t cleaning inside the house, they had me working in the yard, and in the evenin’ they expected me to watch after their young’uns.
First dawn by Judith Miller