Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History

Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History

by Miantae Metcalf McConnell

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Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History by Miantae Metcalf McConnell

AWARD WINNING LITERARY NONFICTION BIOGRAPHY

O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE "10 TITLES TO PICK UP NOW" 2018

1885-1914. Mary Fields, a fifty-three-year old second-generation slave, emancipated and residing in Toledo, receives news of her friend's impending death. Remedies packed in her satchel, Mary rushes to board the Northern Pacific.

Days later, she arrives in the Montana wilderness to find Mother Mary Amadeus lying on frozen earth in a broken-down cabin. Certain that the cloister of frostbit Ursuline nuns and their students, Indian girls rescued from nearby reservations, will not survive without assistance, Mary decides to stay.

She builds a hennery, makes repairs to living quarters, cares for stock, and treks into the mountains to provide food. Brushes with death do not deter her. Mary drives a horse and wagon through perilous terrain and sub zero blizzards to improve the lives of missionaries, homesteaders and Indians and, in the process, her own.

After weathering wolf attacks, wagon crashes and treacherous conspiracies by scoundrels, local politicians and the state's first Catholic bishop, Mary Fields creates another daring plan. An avid patriot, she is determined to register for the vote. The price is high. Will she manifest her personal vision of independence?

MIANTAE METCALF MCCONNELL'S RESEARCH enabled USPS historians to verify Mary Fields as the first African American woman star route mail carrier in the U.S. A fact-based chronicle of Fields' life in Montana from 1885 until her death in 1914, the narrative examines women rights, bootleg politics, Montana's turn-of-the-century transition from territory to state and its scandalous woman suffrage election.

For those interested in United States and American west History, this book portrays the nation’s multiethnic struggle for human rights by presenting factual discoveries and personal life stories.

OPRAH MAGAZINE REVIEW

An indefatigable former slave who braved the Montana Rockies ona journey to rescue a dying friend is the real-life subject of this 19th-century frontier narrative. Adventure abounds in the little-known tale of the heroic middle-aged woman who became the 1st African American mail carrier in the United States.-Hamilton Cain, Reviewer

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"Under McConnell's hand, the atmosphere, frontier challenges, and landscapes of Montana come to life. Mary Fields is a true historical figure, dramatized in novel format. Her story will delight readers who look for a blend of accurate historical facts, hard-hitting drama, and realistic scenes powered by a feisty protagonist whose values and concerns become part of the social changes sweeping the nation." -Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer

"Miantae Metcalf McConnell has fashioned a historical narrative marrying prose and poetry, fact with creative writing. With the discerning eye of a photographer, the deft hand of a historian, and the literary heart of a poet, the life of Mary Fields, legendary black woman of Montana, rises majestically off the page into living history...it is the one book you must read."-Michael Searles, Author and History Professor Emeritus, Augusta University

MONTANA LIBRARY ASSOC.

...I felt like I was right there with Mary Fields...beautifully written, I could hardly put it down. Being a native Montanan who grew up in central Montana I knew the area. A definite read for everyone!—Debbi Kramer, Executive Director

Miantae Metcalf McConnell provides us with a great story and history of Mary Fields, an important black westerner. A must read for youths and adults. -Bruce A. Glasrud, History,Professor Emeritus,California State University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997877007
Publisher: Huzzah Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 530
Sales rank: 128,398
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Miantae Metcalf McConnell, award-winning author and descendant of Montana homesteaders, lives near the Rocky Mountains in Big Sky Country.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE

CHAPTER ONE

Winter 1893 - Summer 1894

HOME

CHAPTER TWO

Saint Peter’s Mission, Montana 1893 - 1894

INTROSPECTION

CHAPTER THREE

Spring 1894

NAMES

CHAPTER FOUR

May Day 1894

RENEWAL

CHAPTER FIVE

Summer 1894

LOVE AND BETRAYAL

CHAPTER SIX

Summer 1894

PURSUIT

CHAPTER SEVEN

Summer 1894

PERSEVERANCE

PART TWO

CHAPTER EIGHT

Fall 1894

TRANSFORMATION

CHAPTER NINE

Spring 1895

CRUELTY

CHAPTER TEN

Spring 1895

PLANS

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Spring & Summer 1895

EXODUS

CHAPTER TWELVE

Independence Day

REUNION

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Summer & Fall 1898

LOYALTIES

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

January 1903 - March 1903

LOVE

PART THREE

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Fall 1903

THE UNEXPECTED

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Fall 1908 - Summer 1909

MOVING FORWARD

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Spring 1910 - Fall 1910

RECOGNITION

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Fall 1910 - Sprint 1911

CRUELTIES

CHAPTER NINETEEN

Spring 1911

RESPITE

PART FOUR

CHAPTER TWENTY

1911 Late Spring

PROGRESS

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

Summer 1911 – Winter 1912

VICTORY

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

Spring 1912

THREATS

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

Spring 1912 - Fall 1912

NEW FRONTIERS

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Winter 1912 - Summer 1913

CAMPAIGNS

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

Spring 1913 - Spring 1914

LOVE AND GRATITUDE

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Spring - Fall 1914

ANTICIPATION

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

November & December 1914

HOME

EPILOGUE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

AUTHOR’S NOTE

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Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy historical fiction, you won't be able to stop reading this American West story full of drama and authentic characters. If you gravitate towards social justice issues and enjoy dramas with contrary points of view, look no further. McConnell expertly transports the reader into the landscape of Montana. Her prose lingered in my mind and prompted me to imagine how I might have fared as a pioneer in Mary Fields' world. I love stories that ignite me, inspire me to root and cheer for fearless risk-taking women!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific non-fiction that reads like fiction. We wouldn't believe it as a fictional tale. The story of Mary Fields would be a terrific read in any event, but to know that it is NON-fiction, thoroughly researched and historically accurate is amazing. Ms. McConnell has presented a true-life drama that is a real page-turner from start to finish. Of course, as a woman, I appreciate the gains that Mary made in her life, in her community, in Montana. And to know that she was African American and had come from the slave culture, and was able to step into her own personal freedom with resolve and perseverance is truly inspirational. The writing is excellent. Thank you for sharing this important person in our history in such a beautiful way.