The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

By Ann Weisgarber
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410431912, 429pp.)

Publication Date: November 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover

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“I devoured this debut novel, needing to know how African-American pioneer Rachel DuPree would sustain her strength, protect her children, and pluck food from a parched earth and a dry cow, all while attempting to understand her proud, stubborn, and aloof husband. My image of the West and Native Americans, and my understanding of the racism that spreads with emigration have been forever impacted by her story.”
-- Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

Reminiscent of "The Color Purple," this novel tells the little-known story of African-American pioneers and gives voice to an extraordinary heroine who embodies the strength and spirit that built America.

Saturday, Sep 18, 2010

Host Robert Smith talks with Ann Weisgarber about her debut novel, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree. It's set in the Badlands of South Dakota in the early 20th century and follows the fortunes of Rachel DuPree -- an African American homesteader -- and her growing family. More at

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