A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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Hannah Breece braved the Alaskan wilderness nearly a century ago to teach native children how to become Americans. A proud and fiercely independent woman, she struggled against great odds to establish federally sponsored schools in remote settlements. This is her own story of her many adventures on the Alaskan frontier. Breece compiled a draft of her experiences from her diaries and letters, but never completed the project. Before she died, she entrusted the manuscript to her great-niece Jane Jacobs, and this delightful book is the results. Jane Jacobs visited the communities her great-aunt described to fill in some of the gaps in her story. Her original research complements Hannah Breece's story to give us a vivid picture of old Alaska, of the infant settlements of Juneau, Kodiak, Seward and Fairbanks, and of the amazing woman who conquered its frozen wilderness, loved its children and, for nearly fifteen years, made it her home.
 

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User Review  - slpwhitehead - LibraryThing

I've started this book a couple of times, put it down, and come back to it. I can't seem to get into it even though the first chapter, which I've managed to finish each time I've picked it up, is ... Read full review

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

I don't think I would have liked Hannah Breece--but she typifies the do-gooder zeal of her time. She doesn't really write too much about her interactions in the classroom, which is a pity since I was ... Read full review

Contents

MAPS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
HANNAHS ALASKAN CHRONOLOGY
MEMOIR
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COMMENTARY
Puzzles Tangles Clarifications
Epilogue
NOTES AND CITATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Born in Pennsylvania in1859, Hannah Breece taught on Indian reservations in midwest America before accepting a government post to teach in Alaska.

Jane Jacobs is the author of several books, including the Death And Life of Great American Cities, Cities And The Wealth of Nations, and most recently, the bestselling Systems of Survival.  She lives in Toronto.


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