The Conquest: The Story of A Negro Pioneer

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The Conquest, published in 1913, is the first of seven novels written by Oscar Micheaux, better known as a prolific pioneer African-American filmmaker. This novel, along with two that followed, The Forged Note in 1915 and The Homesteader in 1917, mirrors Micheaux's experience as a black pioneer of the American West. The son of former slaves, his family had settled in Kansas as a part of the Exoduster movement in the post-Reconstruction era.

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The Conquest, published in 1913, is the first of seven novels written by Oscar Micheaux, better known as a prolific pioneer African-American filmmaker. This novel, along with two that followed, The Forged Note in 1915 and The Homesteader in 1917, mirrors Micheaux's experience as a black pioneer of the American West. The son of former slaves, his family had settled in Kansas as a part of the Exoduster movement in the post-Reconstruction era.

Micheaux tells the story of a brave homesteader, Oscar Devereaux, whose dream is to tame 1,000 acres of land and establish himself as an example of success for his people; hence, The Conquest. He secures the land but is overwhelmed by his struggles with drought, loneliness, and a troubled marriage.

Recently "rediscovered" as an important figure in the history of Hollywood filmmaking, Micheaux is being newly appreciated as well for his skills as a novelist. The reissue of The Conquest, including an introduction by Professor Jayna J. Brown, reacquaints us with his work and puts his groundbreaking career in context for a new generation of readers.

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These four volumes launch a new series by Washington Square in collaboration with the Archie Givens Sr. Collection of African American Literature, which is housed in the special collections and rare books department at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Quality editions for a reasonable price. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743460583
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2003
  • Series: The Givens Collection Classics Ser.
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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The Conquest, published in 1913, is the first of seven novels written by Oscar Micheaux, better known as a prolific pioneer African-American filmmaker. This novel, along with two that followed, The Forged Note in 1915 and The Homesteader in 1917, mirrors Micheaux's experience as a black pioneer of the American West. The son of former slaves, his family had settled in Kansas as a part of the Exoduster movement in the post-Reconstruction era.

Micheaux tells the story of a brave homesteader, Oscar Devereaux, whose dream is to tame 1,000 acres of land and establish himself as an example of success for his people; hence, The Conquest. He secures the land but is overwhelmed by his struggles with drought, loneliness, and a troubled marriage.

Recently "rediscovered" as an important figure in the history of Hollywood filmmaking, Micheaux is being newly appreciated as well for his skills as a novelist. The reissue of The Conquest, including an introduction by Professor Jayna J. Brown, reacquaints us with his work and puts his groundbreaking career in context for a new generation of readers.

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Table of Contents

Chapter I Discontent--Spirit of the Pioneer 1
Chapter II Leaving Home--A Maiden 9
Chapter III Chicago, Chasing a Will-o-the-Wisp 15
Chapter IV The P--n Company 25
Chapter V "Go West Young Man and Grow Up With the Country" 37
Chapter VI "And Where Is Oristown?" The Town on the Missouri 43
Chapter VII Oristown, the "Little Crow" Reservation 49
Chapter VIII Far Down the Pacific--The Proposal 55
Chapter IX The Return--Ernest Nicholson 61
Chapter X The Oklahoma Grafter 63
Chapter XI Dealin' in Mules 67
Chapter XII The Homesteaders 73
Chapter XIII Imaginations Run Amuck 79
Chapter XIV The Surveyors 83
Chapter XV "Which Town Will the R. R. Strike?" 91
Chapter XVI Megory's Day 95
Chapter XVII Ernest Nicholson's Return 103
Chapter XVIII Comes Stanley, the Chief Engineer 109
Chapter XIX In the Valley of the Keya Paha 113
Chapter XX The Outlaw's Last Stand 119
Chapter XXI The Boom 121
Chapter XXII The President's Proclamation 127
Chapter XXIII Where the Negro Fails 129
Chapter XXIV "And the Crowds Did Come" 135
Chapter XXV The Scotch Girl 139
Chapter XXVI The Battle 149
Chapter XXVII The Sacrifice--Race Loyalty 153
Chapter XXVIII The Breeds 159
Chapter XXIX In the Valley of the Dog Ear 165
Chapter XXX Ernest Nicholson Takes a Hand 169
Chapter XXXI The McCralines 175
Chapter XXXII A Long Night 183
Chapter XXXIII The Survival of the Fittest 189
Chapter XXXIV East of State Street 197
Chapter XXXV An Uncrowned King 211
Chapter XXXVI A Snake in the Grass 219
Chapter XXXVII The Progressives and the Reactionaries 227
Chapter XXXVIII Sanctimonious Hypocrisy 239
Chapter XXXIX Beginning of the End 247
Chapter XL The Mennonites 255
Chapter XLI The Drouth 259
Chapter XLII A Year of Coincidences 269
Chapter XLIII "And Satan Came Also" 273
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