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I Have Heard of a Land

By Joyce Carol Thomas

I have heard of a land
Where the imagination has no fences
Where what is dreamed one night
Is accomplished the next day

In the late 1880s, signs went up all around America -- land was free in the Oklahoma territory. And it was free to everyone: Whites, Blacks, men and women alike. All one needed to stake a claim was hope and courage, strength and perseverance. Thousands of pioneers, many of them African-Americans newly freed from slavery, headed west to carve out a new life in the Oklahoma soil.

Drawing upon her own family history, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Thomas has crafted an unforgettable anthem to these brave and determined people from America's past. Richly illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award honoree Floyd Cooper, I Have Heard of a Land is a glorious tribute to the Afrian-American pioneer spirit.

National Book Award-winning author Joyce Carol Thomas draws on family history for this lyrical account of America's little-known past. In the late 1880s, thousands of pioneers, many African Americans newly freed from slavery, raced to the Oklahoma Territory. Here all one needed to stake a claim was hope and courage and the determination to journey west. Richly illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award Honor -- recipient Floyd Cooper and complete with an author's endnote, I Have Heard of a Land commemorates the strength of the African-American pioneers. It is a hymn to liberty and unity, an ode to a land where what can be dreamed can be accomplished.

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0060234776


Format: Book
Author: Thomas, Joyce Carol
Summary: Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.
Title: I have heard of a land / by Joyce Carol Thomas ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Publisher Date: [New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, c1998.
Subject: Frontier and pioneer life -- Juvenile fiction -- Juvenile fiction. African Americans -- Juvenile fiction Oklahoma -- History -- Land Rush, 1889 -- Juvenile fiction.
Isbn: 0060234776 0060234784 (lib. bdg.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 4
System Items Total: 7
Call Number: P Thomas
Oclc: 33666491
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Bib Id: 122435

Format: Book
Author: Thomas, Joyce Carol
Summary: Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.
Title: I have heard of a land / by Joyce Carol Thomas ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: [New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, c1998.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Subjects: Frontier and pioneer life -- Juvenile fiction -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: Oklahoma -- History -- Land Rush, 1889 -- Juvenile fiction.
Other Author: Cooper, Floyd ill.
Notes: "Joanna Cotler books."
LCCN: 95048791
ISBN: 0060234776
ISBN: 0060234784 (lib. bdg.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 7
Call Number: P Thomas