Young Pioneers

Author: Rose Wilder Lane

Publisher: James Clarke & Co.

ISBN: 9780718824280

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 9843


Following the lives of Molly and David, the 'young pioneers' who embark upon a journey to the West, this novel is a story of spiritual strength and family unity in the face of difficulty and hardship. Molly and David played together as children and said they would get married as soon as they were old enough. And sure enough, when she was sixteen and he two years older, they married, and together they set out for the West, where the country had not yet been settled and they might find good land to farm. David's father gave them a team of horses, a wagon and his blessing; Molly's parents gave blankets and pillows, a ham and a cheese and some maple sugar, a pot and a pan and a skillet, and a copy of Tennyson's Poems. With David's gun and fiddle, and Molly's needles and thread, they had all they needed. Snug in the dugout under the prairie, their baby boy was born on Molly's seventeenth birthday. Soon the wheat was ripe and high and full of promise for the baby's future, a future that would be warm and safe and bright. The grasshoppers wiped out that promise. Within two days there was no wheat left - no crop, no money, no horses, and no way of providing against the bitter winter. Simply and vividly told, this story grew out of real experience. This is a novel which has moved and fascinated readers for more than fifty years, and has been translated into twenty languages.

The Promise of the West

Young Pioneers on the Overland Trails

Author: Mary Barmeyer O'Brien

Publisher: Two Dot Books

ISBN: 9781493017263

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 180

View: 6526


Driven by the promise of prosperity and opportunity on the frontier, thousands of men and women traveled west in the mid-1800s to forge a new life. Accompanying them were their children, wide-eyed and excited about the adventures that awaited them as they headed toward the setting sun. Little did they know how treacherous and grueling the trip would be. The toil and danger of overland travel forced parents to depend on their children to assist in their ultimate survival. Girls were called upon to help cook, set up and break camp, and mind younger siblings. Boys were called upon to help drive the wagons, herd the oxen and horses, assist with wagon repairs, and guard the camp at night. Even with their endless chores, many pioneer boys and girls found time to record the details of their journeys in letters and diaries. This collection of short episodes from the lives of these children on the trail offers fresh perspectives on the experience.

Kwame Nkrumah's Liberation Thought

A Paradigm for Religious Advocacy in Contemporary Ghana

Author: Robert Yaw Owusu

Publisher: Africa World Press

ISBN: 9781592213122

Category: Church and state

Page: 279

View: 446


An attempt to recapture the liberation philosophy of Kwame Nkrumah, first prime minister of Ghana. Owusu seeks to define a theoretical basis on which a modern socio-political and ethical structure for Ghana can be built and offers a paradigm for developing a role of advocacy to the Ghanaian religious edifice. He also strives to recapitulate Ghana's self-dignity, self-realisation and self-subsistence by highlighting the essential assumptions, dimensions and specificities of African personhood.

Kwame Nkrumah

A Case Study of Religion and Politics in Ghana

Author: Ebenezer Obiri Addo

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761813187

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 8435


This book examines how Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first post-colonial political leader legitimized his rule. It argues that Nkrumah found in religion a way to weld ethnicnically diverse groups with primordial attachments together. Through his employment he was able to spearhead the building of a nation he named Ghana. Social, anthropological, as well as political theories from Max Weber, Clifford Geertz, Kofi Busia, Ali Mazrui, David Apter, and others are utilized to examine the Nkrumah phenomenon. Specifically, the book contributes to the extensive literature on Nkrumah by supplying an often neglected link: The role of religion in Nkrumah's life, thought and career. By so doing it emphasizes the role of religious ideas and religious action in Ghanaian politics.

Youth in Malawi

Security and Progress with the Malawi Young Pioneers

Author: Malawi. Department of Information

Publisher: N.A


Category: Youth movements

Page: 18

View: 2228


Born in the GDR

Living in the Shadow of the Wall

Author: Hester Vaizey

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191028835

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 6422


The changes that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 were particularly dramatic for East Germans. With the German Democratic Republic effectively taken over by West Germany in the reunification process, nothing in their lives was immune from change and upheaval: from the way they voted, the newspapers they read, to the brand of butter they bought. But what was it really like to go from living under communism one minute, to capitalism the next? What did the East Germans make of capitalism? And how do they remember the GDR today? Are their memories dominated by fear and loathing of the Stasi state, or do they look back with a measure of fondness and regret on a world of guaranteed employment and low living costs? This is the story of eight citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and how these dramatic changes affected them. All of the people in the book were born in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961, so they knew nothing other than living in a socialist system when the GDR fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight not only into everyday life in East Germany, but also into how this now-vanished state is remembered today, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Wall.