Jackson Freeman

by Irena Yozwiak



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/01/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781585001866

About the Book

An explosion! Downtown Baltimore was burning. Jackson Freeman depended on the docks for his livelihood. Leaving his family in the hands of his mother, he and his brothers fought the flames for twenty-seven hours. Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, Jackson gave in to his exhaustion and arrived home only to be told his whole family had expired from a horrible illness.

To rebuild a life for himself, Jackson sought out his German friend Carl to begin what they had dreamt of together, owning a farm in partnership. Now, Jackson could be independent from the White man. Unfortunately, Carl saw a greater vision, and had already begun a more lucrative automobile 'fix-it' shop. As Jackson saw Baltimore beginning to rise from the ashes, he was even more determined to finally do what he had always wanted. He would go for it alone. Besides, he had heard land was cheap in Ohio.

While on his way, Jackson hooked up with some shady characters who offered him a 'partnership' in the sale of the goods they were taking to Stanton, Ohio in exchange for his money to buy a horse for their oversized wagon. Unfortunately, an axle problem kept them from their destination and they turned their wagon into Anna Shein's farm. There, Jackson came face to face with his destiny: meeting the White woman he would learn to hate, the woman he would grow to respect and the only person who could teach him farming. Through their years together, their trials and tribulations were many. Even though a love/hate relationship developed between them, Jackson's drive and perseverance won Anna's respect. Were they really in love?

About the Author

Irena Yozwiak is a native of Ohio. Both of her parents emigrated from Poland. Much of what she remembers from her childhood was of the Great Depression. Money was nonexistent and times were difficult for everyone.

During the late 1940's, Irena began acting in the community playhouse, where she met her husband. They both studied under Arthur Sircum, who had been associated with Gertrude Laurence at the Cape Cod Playhouse. Raising her daughter and caring for her husband kept her home but she did do some painting. It was in 1987 that she began to put pen to paper to tell a story that had been told to her about people who had lived at the turn of the Century.

Much of Jackson Freeman is historically correct. Irena researched extensively in Baltimore to learn about the 1904 fire as well as hospital practices during that time.

Once she began to write Jackson Freeman, her fictitious personalities took on lives of their own and helped her tell a story filled with the warmth and love of her characters.