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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.
From Blue River Press’ All About Series, a new title is out on the trailblazing Madam C.J. Walker. All About Madam C.J. Walker offers young readers insight into this inspiring woman’s life. Madam C. J. Walker was beloved within her community for her philanthropy and expanding the local black YMCA, but she couldn’t have done that if she weren’t the first female self-made millionaire and one of the most successful African American business owners ever.
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.
All About Stephen Hawking is a biography that offers young readers intriguing information about physicist Stephen Hawking. He is one of the great geniuses of scientific history. From an early age, Stephen Hawking dreamed of making the study of the universe accessible to everyone. Diagnosed with ASL at the age of twenty-one, he overcame that challenge to become an expert on the origin of the universe and black holes.
All About Winston Church isn’t just about his famous grin, but goes into details about what he did and how he effected the world. Winston Churchill is considered one of the greatest men of the twentieth century. He was a British statesman, author, painter, and an inspiring speaker. Born into an aristocratic British family with an American mother, he considered the United States his second home.