Everything you need to understand or teach Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage.
As Flyin' West opens, Sophie and Miss Leah are at home drinking coffee and talking about land acquisition for African Americans. They are homesteaders who came to Kansas (their farm is outside the all-black town of Nicodemus) to accept free land for cultivation. Miss Leah is a feisty elderly woman who demands respect, and Sophie is a good-natured but strong-willed woman who takes care of Miss Leah without making her feel dependent. The two women discuss the emergence of all-black communities; they resent threats to such communities by white speculators who want to buy their land. Sophie expresses her determination to get a school for the town by the spring. Outside, Fannie and Wil talk about acquaintances they have in common, as well as Wil's travels in Mexico and Fannie's love of wildflowers.
Fannie's younger sister Minnie arrives by train with her husband, Frank. Frank is fifteen years Minnie's... View more of the Flyin' West Summary
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