Queen Bess: Daredevil Aviator (Paperback)

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Here is the brief but intense life of Bessie Coleman, America's first African American woman aviator. Born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, she became known as “Queen Bess,” a barnstormer and flying-circus performer who defied the strictures of race, sex, and society in pursuit of a dream.

About the Author

Doris L. Rich has had a varied career as a reporter, writer, photographer, and teacher that has taken her all over the world, from Michigan to Guam, Korea, Shanghai, Bangladesh, and Africa. She is also the author of Amelia Earhart: A Biography (Smithsonian, 1996).

Praise For…

“A vivid portrait of a remarkable woman. . . . A timely and engaging introduction to a woman of stunning accomplishment and courage who deserves a place of high honor in the pantheon of early flying.”—Kirkus

Product Details
ISBN: 9781560986188
ISBN-10: 1560986182
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Publication Date: May 17th, 1995
Pages: 192
Language: English

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