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The Resource A schoolteacher in old Alaska : the story of Hannah Breece, edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs

A schoolteacher in old Alaska : the story of Hannah Breece, edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs

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A schoolteacher in old Alaska : the story of Hannah Breece
Title
A schoolteacher in old Alaska
Title remainder
the story of Hannah Breece
Statement of responsibility
edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs
Title variation
  • School teacher in old Alaska
  • Story of Hannah Breece
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Language
eng
Summary
When Hannah Breece came to Alaska in 1904, it was a remote lawless wilderness of prospectors, murderous bootleggers, tribal chiefs, and Russian priests. She spent fourteen years educating Athabascans, Aleuts, Inuits, and Russians with the stubborn generosity of a born teacher and the clarity of an original and independent mind. Jane Jacobs, Hannah's great-niece, here offers an historical context to Breece's remarkable eyewitness account, filling in the narrative gaps, but always allowing the original words to ring clearly. It is more than an adventure story: it is a powerful work of women's history that provides important--and, at times, unsettling--insights into the unexamined assumptions and attitudes that governed white settler's behavior toward native communities at the turn of the century. 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. 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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JRS
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Breece, Hannah
Dewey number
921
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
LB2317.B586
LC item number
A3 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1916-2006
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Jacobs, Jane
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Breece, Hannah
  • Breece, Hannah
  • Indians of North America
  • Inuit
  • Women teachers
  • Teachers
  • Indians of North America
  • Inuit
  • Teachers
  • Women teachers
  • Alaska
Label
A schoolteacher in old Alaska : the story of Hannah Breece, edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Orignially published: New York : Random House, 1996
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-286) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Memoir by Hannah Breece: Prelude to my assignment -- Welcome to Afognak -- Organizing the school -- The Sunday school crisis -- The seasons -- Russian ceremonies -- Kodiak, Wood Island and Seward -- Wild-goose chase into the Interior -- Life on Wood Island -- Back to Iliamna -- School in Iliamna -- Surviving in the cold -- Nondalton Fishing Camp -- Fish famine -- The second famine year -- Waiting for the steamer -- To the Arctic Circle -- Long journeys to court -- Last assignments -- Commentary: Puzzles, tangles, clarifications: Educational policy and Sheldon Jackson -- The reindeer project -- The bureaucracy -- Fort Yukon troubles -- Fellow teachers -- Miraculous rescues -- Who was Gregory? -- Epilogue
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Vintage Books edition.
Extent
xxii, 302 pages
Isbn
9780679776338
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36482370
  • (OCoLC)36482370
Label
A schoolteacher in old Alaska : the story of Hannah Breece, edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs
Publication
Note
Orignially published: New York : Random House, 1996
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-286) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Memoir by Hannah Breece: Prelude to my assignment -- Welcome to Afognak -- Organizing the school -- The Sunday school crisis -- The seasons -- Russian ceremonies -- Kodiak, Wood Island and Seward -- Wild-goose chase into the Interior -- Life on Wood Island -- Back to Iliamna -- School in Iliamna -- Surviving in the cold -- Nondalton Fishing Camp -- Fish famine -- The second famine year -- Waiting for the steamer -- To the Arctic Circle -- Long journeys to court -- Last assignments -- Commentary: Puzzles, tangles, clarifications: Educational policy and Sheldon Jackson -- The reindeer project -- The bureaucracy -- Fort Yukon troubles -- Fellow teachers -- Miraculous rescues -- Who was Gregory? -- Epilogue
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Vintage Books edition.
Extent
xxii, 302 pages
Isbn
9780679776338
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36482370
  • (OCoLC)36482370

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