The Great Bicycle Experiment

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Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
The bicycle, similar to today's modern bicycle, was invented and popularized in the late 1800s. By that time, American army officers were beginning to re-think the Army's method of moving troops around. Horses required food, water, and rest; they were noisy; they made messes; they panicked at times; and they died. Bikes seemed a perfect alternative, especially since they were known to work in Europe. A young commander, Lt. James Moss, proposed an experimental bicycle corps. Eight Buffalo Soldiers, the African American soldiers who protected the fort from Indian raids, volunteered, and the Twenth-Fifth Infantry Experimental Bicycle Corps was born. On several levels, the experiment was a success. The corps made the 2000-mile trip without any long-term ill effects; and the people they encountered along the way, many of whom had never seen a black face, greeted them with courtesy, curiosity, and even warmth. Both teachers and readers will appreciate this look at the dauntless effort to succeed in the face of diversity. The book would be appropriate for curriculum support. Moore does not coast along; she breaks the ribbon at the finish line as she tackles a rarely-mentioned facet of history in the most interesting light possible. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878425938
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 703,452
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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