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"Born on Emancipation Day, 1863, to a sharecropping family of African and Indian blood, Elijah Yancy never lived as a slave, but his self-image as a free person is at war with his surroundings: Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the Reconstructed South. Exiled for his own survival as a teenager, Elijah walks west to the Nebraska plains and, like other rootless young African-American men of that era, joins up with the U.S. Cavalry"--P. [4] of cover
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Sierra Club ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2011
ISBN: 9781578051755
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 21 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 12, 2018

In this philosophical historical novel, a young black man must leave behind his South Carolina home with its post-Civil War racial perils and joins the U.S. Cavalry as a Buffalo Soldier. He struggles to understand freedom as he is forced to oppress other people of color during the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War, but ultimately finds himself when his division is posted to the newly created Yosemite National Park. The eloquent Johnson, who was featured prominently in Ken Burns' "National Parks" documentary, bases his first novel on this little-known historical fact but is far more concerned with the inner environment than the outer.


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