Harvest The Dust is the 1st of a trilogy of fiction novels following three successive generations of the Tallman Family. The story is set in Colt, Arkansas during the mid-1930s. The Tallmans were cotton farmers. Jacob and Clara Tallman married young and had four children, two girls and two boys. Jacob's folks were sharecroppers. Clara's mother was a domestic worker. Clara's father was a prominent white doctor in the area - she could have passed for white but chose not to. This is a time when the Great Depression still held the nation in its grip: when President Roosevelt's New Deal was struggling to bring some relief to the American People. It was a time when drought spread a quilt of dust across the Southern Great Plains.
    Milk The Iron Cow is the 2nd novel of the trilogy. This story is set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the mid-1940s - at the eve of World War II. This generation of the family struggles to get jobs in city industries and a place in its social fabric. The oldest daughter of Jacob and Clara is Annie Mae Tallman-Lindsey who married Robert (Buddy) Lindsey before moving to Milwaukee. This is a time when unions took their demands for better pay and working conditions to the picket line and at times to violent protest. It was a time when both unions and companies, with few exceptions, barred black labor from membership and jobs. It was a time of radical change.
    Stand Upside Down is the 3rd and final novel. The story is set in Kenosha, Wisconsin during the mid-1980s. It is a time when Affirmative Action was under siege. Jacob and Clara's grandson, Calvin, struggles to move previously excluded groups - people of color, women, others with physical and mental limitation into open jobs which previously excluded them. From his management position in the personnel department of an automotive company Calvin uses the law and wit to slow the swelling foe of white men and women determined to stop Affirmative Action.