Grace and Grit: Motorcycle dispatches from Early Twentieth Century Women Adventurers

Grace and Grit: Motorcycle dispatches from Early Twentieth Century Women Adventurers

by William M. Murphy


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From 1910-1916, women such as Blanche Stuart Scott, Delia Crewe, Effie and Avis Hotchkiss, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren, Rachel Foster Avery and other daring adventurers were not deterred from pursuing and achieving their dreams of traveling across America and exploring the world around them in spite of daunting physical and social roadblocks. By car, plane, and motorcycle they did what few others dared, and accomplished feats worthy of storytelling a century later. In a world very different from our paved and pampered world today, large portions of the planet were still unexplored and even the settled places were predominantly rural and undeveloped. Explorers still made headlines by going where no person had ever gone before. It was an especially remarkable period of history for those women whose stories are told in this book; young women who held the dream, fortified their courage, endured pain, lost hope, found hope and met their goals. Being the first to accomplish an exploratory feat was difficult enough for men who enjoyed the support of society at large, but for these women the feat was tougher, longer, harder, but history making. This book is the first to tell the stories of several of these women in the detail and context necessary to truly appreciate their deeds. Considering their accomplishments within the realities and conditions of an early twentieth-century America-the great frontier period-we marvel at the human spirit's irrepressible force to explore, create, and push back boundaries that limit the human experience. Hats off to these women's grace and true grit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933926407
Publisher: Arbutus Press
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Life in Early 20th Century America 3

The Amazing Engine That Could 8

America Hits the Road 19

America's Love Affair With Motorcycles 36

Victorian Girls Breaking All the Rules 50

Delia Crewe: A Small Town Girl With Big Dreams 64

The Great Adventure of Effie and Avis Hotchkiss 92

The Van Buren Sisters: Out to Change America 140

Epilogue 197

Time Table 201

References 205

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