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The Homesteader


The very first film made by Oscar Micheaux, the most prolific black filmmaker of his time, The Homesteader was scripted by Micheaux himself and ostensibly based on his experiences as the only African-American farmer in Iowa. Funded in part by white Iowa farmers befriended by Micheaux, the film presented a melodramatic story of a black rancher, Baptiste (Charles D. Lucas), in love with a white girl, Agnes Stewart (Iris Hall). Their romance is disallowed by the girl's father (Charles R. Moore) and Baptiste...more