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Through hard work and determination, Hansford C. Bayton would rise from humble beginnings to become the captain and owner of five excursion and mail delivery steamboats that plied the Rappahannock River during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Unusually for an African American, he would acquire wealth and the respect of both blacks and whites. Nevertheless, his boats were burned one by one. But with each malicious burning, and with lynching on the rise, he would build again.
Amelia Earhart was a pioneer pilot and was known as the best aviator of her time. This was very rare for a woman. She was a daring and skillful woman. Because of her courage, she broke flight records of speed and distance. One of her greatest achievements was in 1932, when she became the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She achieved this success during a time when people believed that piloting was only for men.
As one of America’s most versatile of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin began his career in his brother s printing press. He was known for his great printing skills. He ran and wrote articles for The New England Courant, the first “newspaper” in Boston. Running the Courant showed Ben that he could handle the responsibility or running a press without the help of his brother, James. He is credited with the creation of Poor Richard s Almanac.
Ben Franklin’s daring scientific discoveries which included the conductivity of electricity, performed by flying a kite in a storm, progressed society significantly. We still use some of his inventions today like bifocals, lightning rods, and the American public library system.
In All About Frederick Douglass, readers ages 9 – 13 years of age will learn about Frederick Douglass.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, but successfully escaped to the north in 1832 after teaching himself to read and write.
He became a masterful lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society and dedicated his life to equality. His writing helped him spread his ideas of justice, and he wrote three autobiographies, which were wildly successful around the world.
The New York Dodgers drafted Roberto Clemente to play baseball for them from Puerto Rico where the only language that he knew was Spanish when he was only eighteen years old. At first, fans laughed at his Spanish accent; some even disliked him for the color of his skin. Roberto, however, would later become one of baseball’s most popular players and greatest hitters while he played fro the Pittsburgh Pirates. Even though Roberto Clemente could not speak English and was dark skinned, he proved himself to be a great ball player simply by the way he played the game.
In All About Sir Edmund Hillary children will learn about the life and adventures of this amazing and interesting man.
Born in 1919, he grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and grew to be very tall at 6 foot 2 inches. Explorer and adventurer, Sir Edmund Hillary, spent his life climbing the tallest mountains in the world. He loved to explore and that passion would lead to great accomplishments.
Best Seat in the House is the inspirational story of Roberts ambitious journey to becoming a full-time ring announcer at WWE performing all over the world and announcing weekly live events, TV shows, and the enormously popular pay-per-view spectaculars for more than a decade.
Justin Roberts always dreamed of being a ring announcer at World Wrestling Entertainment. From playing with action figures of the Ultimate Warrior, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, Bret Hitman Hart and Hulk Hogan to actually announcing these larger-than-life characters to the ring, Roberts lived out the dream of countless, passionate wrestling fans worldwide.
Beyond Just Win tells the inspirational story of Texas high school football Coach G.A. Moore, who won more games than anyone in the storied history of Texas high school football. During a 45-year career, he amassed 429 victories and eight state championships numbers that place him well above other coaches.
But Moore’s influence extended far beyond winning football games. He shaped the character of two generations of young men. To Moore, winning wasn’t everything. He wanted to win while maintaining good sportsmanship. He demanded that his players be exemplary people on and off the field. If they disrespected a teacher in class, they paid for it at practice.