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Fearless Mary: The True Adventures of Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver

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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 hor 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.


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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 hor 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.

30 review for Fearless Mary: The True Adventures of Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver

  1. 4 out of 5

    Castle Spooktacular

    A great depiction of a brave babe making things happen during the wild west! well written with delightful illustrations.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Air

    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!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Akoss

    Thank you so much, Tami Charles for giving a voice to Mary Fields.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    4 stars for topic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Fascinating and inspiring account of Mary Fields, who was a slave until age 33, traveled solo to the West, and became a stagecoach driver because she was brave and the money was good. She protected herself with a rifle and A PET EAGLE OH MY GOODNESS. A great read for children and adults. I never knew how much a stagecoach driver was responsible for as part of his or her job. Author's note at the end describes the information available and some liberties the author took--one event placed out of se Fascinating and inspiring account of Mary Fields, who was a slave until age 33, traveled solo to the West, and became a stagecoach driver because she was brave and the money was good. She protected herself with a rifle and A PET EAGLE OH MY GOODNESS. A great read for children and adults. I never knew how much a stagecoach driver was responsible for as part of his or her job. Author's note at the end describes the information available and some liberties the author took--one event placed out of sequence, plus an invented conversation because the actual dialogue is unknown. I would classify this as nonfiction, but others say it is a combination of nonfiction and historical fiction.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Great (unknown) story about a brave woman.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Wow. Mary Fields stood up against racism, sexism and ageism.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    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

  11. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm G. 8B

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eme87

  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Neha Thakkar

  17. 5 out of 5

    Judy Ripke

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Barnes

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  30. 4 out of 5

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