The Life of Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart endures as one of the more endearing characters in American history. In a time when women played a largely secondary role in American, Amelia Earhart took a leading position in the developing field of aviation and, in doing so; she displayed an adventurous spirit that proved to be inspirational for several generations of Americans. Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. Her father, Edwin, was an attorney and her mother, Amy, was a housewife. She had one sister, Muriel, with whom she was very close. After high school, Earhart worked as a nurse's aide in Philadelphia and briefly studied pre-med at Columbia before moving to California. While in California Amelia became interested in aviation and she began taking flying lessons. Through the financial assistance of her sister, Muriel, and her mother, Amelia was able to purchase her first airplane in 1922. Amelia eventually returned to the East Coast where she worked as a social worker. During this time she met her husband, George Putnam, who at the time was employed as a publisher. Through Putnam's contacts Earhart was able to obtain a seat as a passenger on a transatlantic flight across the Atlantic Ocean and, in the process, become the first women to cross the Atlantic by air. This achievement brought Amelia into the public eye and the publication of her book about her adventures, 20 Hours 40 Minutes, reinforced her accomplishments and her notoriety. Through Putnam's journalistic
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