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The Pedestriennes, America's Forgotten Superstars

The Pedestriennes, America's Forgotten Superstars

by Harry Hall
The Pedestriennes, America's Forgotten Superstars

The Pedestriennes, America's Forgotten Superstars

by Harry Hall

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Overview

For four weeks frenzied fans packed Brooklyn's Mozart Garden to watch, "Madame" Ada Anderson battle fatigue, cold, hunger, and her most tenacious companion, loneliness. Failing would result in personal humiliation and set back women's athletics for decades. Success meant international fame and her taking home a fortune.


In the late 19th century, Madame Anderson and a handful of other women dazzled America as professional women endurance walkers. Called pedestriennes, they engaged in walks that could last for weeks. Their tenacity and pluck made them wildly popular with both the public and media. However, a series of scandals soon turned their fans against them.

Author Harry Hall traveled the country interviewing pedestrienne descendants and researching their stories buried in newspapers. The result is a revealing, insightful book that brings the reader into this little-known world, where athletic determination and desire for titles and money descended into deceit and corruption, which contributed to the sport's rapid demise. While mostly forgotten, pedestriennes left a lasting impression on America's landscape.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798218055998
Publisher: World Class Publications
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 643
File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments ....................................................................................    x

Foreword...................................................................................................   xiv

Introduction .............................................................................................   xvii

Chapter 1 Madame Anderson's Grand Appearance.................................   1

Chapter 2 Captain Barclay.......................................................................    7

Chapter 3 Ada Nymand...........................................................................   12

Chapter 4 O'Leary vs. Weston Sets Standard.........................................   16

Chapter 5 Training the New Pedestriennes ............................................   23

Chapter 6 Pedestriennes Invade Chicago ...............................................  28

Chapter 7 Von Hillern Goes It Alone......................................................    36

Chapter 8 William Gale Comeback ........................................................    41

Chapter 9 Making a Name ......................................................................   47

Chapter 10 A Pedestrienne Retires .......................................................... 53

Chapter 11 Arrival in the New World......................................................   58

Chapter 12 Samuells Prepares the Garden............................................... 63

Chapter 13 Brooklyn Meets Madame Anderson......................................   68

Chapter 14 Chaos in the Tent ..................................................................  72

Chapter 15 General Tom Thumb..............................................................  77

Chapter 16 Imposter.................................................................................. 83

Chapter 17 Night Owls Mischief..........................................................      91

Chapter 18 Welcome 1879.....................................................................  111

Chapter 19 Henry's Troubles.................................................................   116

Chapter 20 Madame Anderson Victory ................................................    126

Chapter 21 Proxy Rivalry.......................................................................   133

Chapter 22 Pedestrienne Madness..........................................................145

Chapter 23 LaChapelle Unhinged..........................................................  152

Chapter 24 Pedestriennes Move West.....................................................162

Chapter 25 Destructive Coalitions.................................................    167

Chapter 26 Von Berg Extortion.....................................................    175

Chapter 27 Cotton Ousted..............................................................   181

Chapter 28 Queen Amy...................................................................  189

Chapter 29 Record Setting Pedestriennes.......................................   193

Chapter 30 Rapid Decline...............................................................   200




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