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The Forty-Acre Swindle

(2000)
George Washington Carver
(Book 31 in the Trailblazer series)
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To fourteen-year-old Jesse Turner, being "free" in Alabama in 1898 doesn't seem much better than slavery. The Turners' forty-acre farm - given to them by the government following the Civil War - is exhausted from growing cotton, they face overwhelming debt, and trouble from prejudiced neighbors makes life difficult and frightening. It seems the only solution is to sell the land and begin sharecropping. But they find new hope in the teachings of George Washington Carver, a Christian agriculturist who travels the South helping fellow blacks with new farming techniques. Inspired by Carver's advice to "hang on to the land at all costs," Jesse takes a part-time job, and he and his father plant a promising crop of soybeans.

But as the Turners race to meet the deadline for repaying their debts, they run into a host of new problems. And when the levee suspiciously bursts one night and floods their land, can Jesse find a way to save the family farm?

An adventure story, ideal for readers 8-12 years of age.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Forty-Acre Swindle: George Washington Carver (Trailblazer Books #31)
Author(s): Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson
ISBN: 0-613-99160-5 / 978-0-613-99160-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Topeka Bindery
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Forty-Acre Swindle: Introducing George Washington Carver (Trailblazer Books) (Volume 31)
Author(s): Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson
ISBN: 1-939445-33-7 / 978-1-939445-33-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Castle Rock Creative, Incorporated
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February 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Forty-Acre Swindle: George Washington Carver (Trailblazer Books #31)
Author(s): Dave and Neta Jackson
ISBN: 0-7642-2264-3 / 978-0-7642-2264-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bethany House
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Forty-Acre Swindle (Trailblazer Books Book 31)
Author(s): Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson
Publisher: Castle Rock Creative
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