A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska

A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska

The Story of Hannah Breece

Book - 1995
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Publisher: Toronto : Random House of Canada, 1995
ISBN: 9780394224763
0394224760
Branch Call Number: 979.8/BRE
Characteristics: xxii, 302 p. :,ill., maps ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Jacobs, Jane 1916-

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JennyFS Jan 01, 2014

Despite some views about Native Americans and Russians that I find cringeworthy from the safety of the twenty-first century, this memoir by a middle-aged teacher in pioneer era Alaska made me feel a great deal of affection for Hannah Breece. Jane Jacobs' annotations and epilogue provide readers with even more respect for Hannah. When readers learn that Hannah risked her life and well-being for the benefit of Native Alaskans -- in one case, ostracizing herself from the majority of the White community in Fort Yukon -- it becomes harder to condemn her. Recommended for all teachers and readers curious about Alaskan life in the early twentieth century.

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