When black settlers Keziah and Charles Grier started clearing their frontier land in 1818, they couldn't know that they were part of the nation's earliest struggle for equality; they were just looking to build a better life. But within a few years, the Griers would become early Underground Railroad conductors, joining with fellow pioneers and other allies to confront the growing tyranny of bondage and injustice.
The Bone and Sinew of the Land tells the Griers' story and the stories of many others like them: the lost history of the nation's first Great Migration. In building hundreds of settlements on the frontier, these black pioneers were making a stand for equality and freedom.
Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox is the author of Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality and A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith, and an award-winning historian. Currently a fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, she also recently helped create two historical exhibits based on her original research at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, including one on black pioneers. She lives in Michigan.
"The Bone and Sinew of the Land is a revelation of primary historical research that is written with the beauty and empathic powers of a novel."-- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
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The long-hidden stories of America's black pioneers, the frontier they settled, and their fight for the heart of the nation
In the heartland of the United States 150 years ago, where racism and hatred were common, a community decided there could be a different America. Here schools and churches were completely integrated, blacks and whites intermarried, and power and wealth were shared by both races.