The Life of Bessie Coleman

The Life of Bessie Coleman

by Connie Plantz


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The Life of Bessie Coleman by Connie Plantz

In the early 1900s, Bessie Coleman dreamed of flying-but racial bigotry and gender bias threatened to keep her grounded. Denied entrance to flight training school in the United States, Coleman traveled to Europe. She returned, triumphant, as the world's first African-American woman with a pilot's license. Author Connie Plantz captures all the tension and excitement of Bessie Coleman's soaring achievements. Determined to open a flight sell for other African Americans, "Brave Bessie" raised funds as a stunt pilot, thrilling crowds of spectators with her aerial tricks. Coleman's life ended in a tragic accident, but not before her dream of flight made aviation history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780766061187
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Series: Legendary African Americans Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 696,034
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

1 Flying with a Purpose 5

2 Growing Up Southern 9

3 Seeking Independence 20

4 Passing the Test 29

5 Showing Off 39

6 Crashing in California 46

7 Taking Charge 56

8 Gambling with Death 66

9 Searching for the Truth 74

10 Leading the Way 76

Chronology 84

Chapter Notes 86

Further Reading 93

Index 94

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