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By Peter Zheutlin

ISBN-10: 0806530669

ISBN-13: 9780806530666

Till 1894 there have been no woman recreation stars, no product endorsement offers, and no younger moms with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a bicycle. Annie Kopchovsky replaced all of that.Annie was once a Jewish immigrant and dealing mom of 3 dwelling in a Boston tenement along with her husband, a peddler. This used to be as on the subject of the yankee dream as she used to be more likely to get-until she turned a part of what one newspaper referred to as "one of the main novel wagers ever made": a high-stakes wager among prosperous retailers lady couldn't journey worldwide on a bicycle, as Thomas Stevens had many years ahead of. Annie rose to the problem, pledging to complete her fifteen-month journey with a stunning $5,000 earned through promoting advertisements area on her motorbike and her garments, making own appearances in shops and at bicycle races, and lecturing approximately her adventures alongside the best way. while the Londonderry Lithia Springs Water corporation of recent Hampshire provided to turn into the 1st of her many sponsors, Annie Kopchovsky grew to become Annie Londonderry, and a legend used to be born. So all started one of many maximum escapades-and exposure stunts-of the Victorian Age.In this marvelously written booklet, writer Peter Zheutlin vividly recounts the tale of the audacious lady who grew to become each Victorian suggestion of lady propriety on its ear. while Annie left Boston in June 1894, she was once a brash younger girl with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a transformation of undies, and a dream of freedom. The epic trip that followed-from a frigid journey via France to an stumble upon with outlaw John Wesley Hardin in El Paso-took the relationship among athletics and commercialism to dizzying new heights and became Annie right into a image of sexual equality.A beguiling real tale of a daring spirit who reinvented herself opposed to all odds, all over the world on Wheels blends social historical past and excessive event into an unforgettable portrait of braveness, mind's eye, and tenacity.

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The people of its northernmost region, the so-called Rice Coast (present-day Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea), fished and cultivated rice in coastal swamplands. The Grain Coast, the next region to the south, was thinly populated and not readily accessible from the sea because it had only one good harbor (modern Freetown, Sierra Leone). Its people concentrated on farming and raising livestock. In Lower Guinea, south and east of Cape Palmas, most Africans were farmers who practiced traditional religions, not the precepts of Islam.

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European Societies In the fifteenth century, Europeans, too, were agricultural peoples. The daily lives of Europe’s rural people had changed little for several hundred years. Split into numerous small, warring countries, Europe was divided linguistically, politically, and economically, yet in social terms Europeans’ lives exhibited many similarities. In the hierarchical European societies, a few families wielded autocratic power over the majority of the people. English society in particular was organized as a series of interlocking hierarchies; that is, each person (except those at the very top or bottom) was superior to some, inferior to others.

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