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26. Amelia Earhart: America's Lost Heroine
There is perhaps no greater mystery in the
of American history as that of the Amelia
story. Earhart's story is one of controversy, and
. She was an accomplished aviator, the first woman
fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. She accomplished
during a time when women were not highly
in the United States. American women during the
did not have the same advantages men had.
were few employment opportunities. Educated women were a
. Women who did find employment during this era
working as grade-school teachers, nannies, and maids for
most part. Amelia Earhart did a lot to
Although Earhart was born into a
that did see financial success, but that success
fleeting. There were times in her life when
family struggled to make ends meet because of
money management. Earhart was home schooled for most
her life, and she gained her pilots license
an early age. In December of 1920, Earhart's
took Amelia to an airshow in Long Beach,
. This is where she first became interested in
. After earning her aviator's license, she accomplished a
that only a few men had ever done:
solo across the Atlantic. She earned national fame
this and was soon a household name.
was lost in attempt to fly around the
in 1937. She was never found. The theories
how she met her end are countless. Many
she fell victim to the Japanese prior to
start of World War II. This thinking was
in the idea that Earhart was a spy.
outlandish theories include alien kidnapping, but most likely
had mechanical difficulties flying over the Pacific Ocean.
was either killed instantly, or survived, according to
popular theory, and lived out her days on