The Forty-Acre Swindle


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A book in the Trailblazer Series by Dave and Neta Jackson. To fourteen-year-old Jesse, being “free” in Alabama in 1898 doesn’t seem much better than slavery. The family’s 40-acre farm is exhausted from growing cotton, they face overwhelming debt, and trouble from prejudiced neighbours makes life difficult and frightening. But they find hope in the teachings of George Washington Carver. As the family races to meet the deadline for repaying their debts, they run into a host of new problems. Ages 8-12. 142 pages; paper. Castle Rock Creative.