Fearless Mary
A little-known but fascinating and larger-than-life character, Mary Fields is one of the unsung, trailblazing African American women who helped settle the American West. A former slave, Fields became the first African American woman stagecoach driver in 1895, when, in her 60s, she beat out all the cowboys applying for the job by being the fastest to hitch a team of six horses. She won the dangerous and challenging job, and for many years traveled the badlands with her pet eagle, protecting the mail from outlaws and wild animals, never losing a single horse or package. Fields helped pave the way for other women and people of color to become stagecoach drivers and postal workers.

Fearless Mary Details

TitleFearless Mary
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 2019
PublisherAlbert Whitman & Company
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, Nonfiction, History

Fearless Mary Review

  • Air
    January 1, 1970
    This was an amazing introductory story to Fearless Mary. Some of the events aren't told in order, but the author explains the reasoning for that in the Author's Note. I think that all-in-all this is an amazing introduction to an amazing woman and was a lot of fun to read!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Considered part non-fiction and part historical fiction in order to create a story, Mary was a real person, a former slave who went west to make a new life. She tried out for the job of stagecoach driver when everyone thought it was only a man's job and certainly not a job for a former slave. She succeeded, and she began in her sixties! There is an author's note explaining the research and the story's creation. The illustrator shows the passage of years, the ups and downs with interesting and be Considered part non-fiction and part historical fiction in order to create a story, Mary was a real person, a former slave who went west to make a new life. She tried out for the job of stagecoach driver when everyone thought it was only a man's job and certainly not a job for a former slave. She succeeded, and she began in her sixties! There is an author's note explaining the research and the story's creation. The illustrator shows the passage of years, the ups and downs with interesting and beautiful choices of setting that include the characters' supporters, naysayers and experiences.
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  • Akoss
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much, Tami Charles for giving a voice to Mary Fields.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars for topic.
  • Aliza Werner
    January 1, 1970
    Mary is a former slave, woman, Black, in her 60s...and she doesn’t let anything hold her back from applying for one of the most dangerous jobs in the West! Engaging introduction to America’s first Black woman stagecoach driver.
  • Sarah Sammis
    January 1, 1970
    This book is big on show, not tell, with Almon's energetic illustrations showing Mary hitching the horses to the stagecoach and then driving them through the course up and down the steep hill. What the text doesn't say directly (though it does hint at it) is that she was the fastest applicant to get the horses hitched.http://pussreboots.com/blog/2019/comm...Marginalized Rural Offroad 663366
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