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Sixteen-year-old Hermine Jahns relates her experiences traveling on the first cross-country automobile trip with a woman driver in 1909
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I'm curious about America in the 18th and 19th centuries and what useful things those people could tell us today. (Discoveries get lost all the time, and we need historians to keep digging them up again.) Most of all, I want to know how children long ago saw the world.
Some people, and some editors, say children don't like history or stories from the past. They prefer fantasy about the future. But we are living in what was once someone else's future. So the question kept nagging me: Wouldn't children like history as much as I do if children from long ago told that history? That's when I started looking for real diaries, or letters, or historic events where children took part and could tell the story for the rest of us. My favorite subject is an undernoticed American hero from the past, as described by a real child who was there; for example, my latest book, published in May 2011, The Quite Contrary Man, is described more at my book's website quitecontraryman.com.
The year was 1909. Automobiles were brand new. There were few road maps and in some places no roads at all. But in New York City, Alice Ramsey was climbing into a bright green Maxwell touring car, determined to be the first woman to drive across the United States. And in the passenger seat was her friend sixteen-year-old Minna Jahns. How would it feel to be a sixteen-year-old girl setting out on the adventure of a lifetime? That's just what author Patricia Rusch Hyatt wondered as she recreated the events of the summer of 1909 in a journal that Minna might have kept. Minna's thouights are imagined but her adventures, from a murder investigation in Nebraska to an itchy encounter with bedbugs in Wyoming, really happened. Hyatt's turn-of-the-century tale is illustrated with photographs from the actual journey. Come along with Minna as she travels coast to coast with Alice.
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Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0876147899