Homesteading


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Homesteading

The process of acquiring land by occupying and using it; may be done through the Homestead Act or without official sanction.
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The establishment of Oklahoma as a state in 1907, just one year before Washington visited Boley and about the same time as Micheaux began his homesteading venture further north, inaugurated the slow disassociation of Oklahoma's all-black towns.
But Micheaux resolutely refutes the realities of the West for African Americans, particularly in the last retelling of his now familiar homesteading narrative.
Micheaux's final retelling of his homesteading years ends with the marriage to his original love, the white woman with black blood.
Micheaux wrote The Wind From Nowhere in 1941 and set his homesteading story later than in either The Conquest or The Homesteader, probably in the 1930s.
If, as historians such as Theodore Roosevelt and Frederick Jackson Turner argue, the West becomes the prim ary signifier of Americanness and its particularity, then Micheaux's novels and films that deal with his homesteading experiences propose an avenue for African-American social equality, albeit a murky, insecure, and potentially disappointing course when played out in reality.
Whereas Wister staunchly believed in the boundless opportunities for individual fortune in the West, Micheaux's attempts at homesteading proved otherwise for him.
The further he moved away from his homesteading experiences, the more "mythic" his tales became.