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  • Title: A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece
  • Author: Hannah Breece
  • ISBN: 9780679441342
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Over fifty years ago Hannah Breece bestowed upon her great niece, Jane Jacobs, her manuscript, roughly culled together from diaries and letters from when she was a school teacher in Alaska and the Yukon In the summer of 1994, Ms Jacobs traveled to Alaska to do the research necessary to complete her great aunt s book.In 1904, Hannah Breece set off for Alaska, where she wOver fifty years ago Hannah Breece bestowed upon her great niece, Jane Jacobs, her manuscript, roughly culled together from diaries and letters from when she was a school teacher in Alaska and the Yukon In the summer of 1994, Ms Jacobs traveled to Alaska to do the research necessary to complete her great aunt s book.In 1904, Hannah Breece set off for Alaska, where she was sent by the American government to teach Aleuts, Dina ina, Athabascans, and people of mixed European and Native blood She remained in Alaska until 1918 and in this book tells her story Diary like in its mingling of domestic matters, work, public events and chance encounters, Hannah Breece s narrative is spiced with litany of adventures, for she was a women who went anywhere and stood up to anybody.What Hannah Breece could never have guessed was just how relevant her story is today, both in its study of an independent woman and in its early clues to white North America s treatment of the Native populations In her introduction and comprehensive notes on the book, Jane Jacobs examines her great aunt s story and reveals and illuminates the mysteries behind this most unusual life.
    A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska The Story of Hannah Breece Over fifty years ago Hannah Breece bestowed upon her great niece Jane Jacobs her manuscript roughly culled together from diaries and letters from when she was a school teacher in Alaska and the Yuk

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    1. A fascinatingly detailed account of Breece s experience as a teacher in Alaska from 1904 to 1917 She was 45 with over 20 years experience as a teacher, some of it at Indian reservations, when she embarked on her Alaskan duties Breece cheerfully endured many hardships and she details her lifestyle and that of the Indians, Aleuts and Eskimos While she harbored the common opinions of her time about the role of the white man in civilizing the less fortunate races, her attitude toward the natives is [...]

    2. After making the mistake of NOT taking a book with me on my flight to Alaska, I was determined to have one for the trip back I started reading another Alaskan memoir from the bookshelves at a BB, but the bookstore did not have that memoir so I opted for this one It ended up being a pretty fun read and a good way to learn about Alaska I was ready for a new, light genre and this fit the bill.Hannah Breece was an experienced schoolteacher who felt called to go to the native peoples of Alaska The p [...]

    3. I love books about people who brave the unthinkable in order to help others This is an oldie, but goodie This is a story about a lady who often chose hard assignments to teach in godforsaken areas of Alaska because of the need of the children.

    4. Since I m currently fascinated with both Alaska and urban planning activist star Jane Jacobs, this was pretty much the perfect read for me Jane Jacobs who wrote poetry as a girl edited this autobiographical account of her great aunt Hannah Breece s years teaching in Alaska in the early 20th century Breece worked as a government teacher in various settlements villages across Alaska, mostly around and just north of the Kodiak archipelago, but also in Fort Yukon further north and, towards the end o [...]

    5. I found this little gem in a library sale I love these first hand accounts of life back in the day There is so much to be learned here way too much to list in this review One mention though, when the fishing changed, I found it interesting that even back in the very early 1900s, they were fearful and questioning back then about the health of our planet If you re a school teacher, or have a connection to Alaska, you will probably really enjoy this book Really great read A true treasure Thank you, [...]

    6. I found much of interest in this memoir but also found it a little tedious Hannah Breece is an amazing woman My tendency to caress creature comforts makes it hard to relate to this adventurer It is also interesting to read about the U.S government s efforts have the peoples of Alaska learn English and abandon their way of doing things While Hannah is part of this effort, she appears to be somewhat sensitive to the culture she witnesses If you like the wilderness this is the book for you.

    7. Read like a history book in many areas, but I still thought it was interesting Plenty of good and interesting stories throughout to keep the reader rolling, and I liked it because it s non fiction and quite descriptive of nature in some areas If you want to develop a hankerin for Alaska, read this book

    8. Entertaining book from the journals of a schoolteacher in remote parts of Alaska She was incredibly intrepid about traveling great distances, and worked hard to educate not just children but their parents about cleanliness, health, and civilization It s clear she has a low opinion of their values and standards of living, but she also seems to have affectionate relationships with many people Her niece, Jane Jacobs of city planning fame, organized her writings and explained the background of many [...]

    9. I have mixed feelings about this book While I feel that Hannah Breece, a schoolteacher in Alaska in the early 1900 s did a remarkable job there I also feel that this book drug on a little bit and that she was a bit too prideful.Hannah moves to Alaska on a teaching assignment to educate the native peoples there and also improve living conditions in the villages She actually teaches in several different villages and travels around quite a bit She has some experiences with the weather and animals i [...]

    10. A memoir biography of a woman who was a schoolteacher in Alaska in the early 1900s Hannah Breece s grand niece Jane Jacobs was given the rough manuscript by Hannah and years later Mrs Jacobs assembled edited the manuscript and did some research to assist in telling her great aunt s story This book is the memoir plus a commentary and notes It is an interesting read and provides the reader with some of the attitudes of the populace at the time This work shows the gender differences in attitudes to [...]

    11. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a friend who owns a bookshop I wander in now and then and as soon as she sees me she gets this little twinkle in her eye and darts behind the counter When she emerges it is to plop a stack of books onto the counter that she knows will please me I tell you, no one knows me like that woman This book, A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska The story of Hannah Breece was one such book It is an autobiography but then is followed by a lengthy commentary by her great great [...]

    12. Hannah Breece s memoir is a remarkable account of her time as a teacher in Alaska from 1904 to 1918, teaching Native Alaskan children and the children of mostly Russian settlers She had already taught for the U.S Department of the Interior on Native reservations in the Rocky Mountains when she headed for Alaska at the age of 45 she had a strong sense of mission and was willing to go where she was needed, so left for Kodiak with a spirit of adventure that she called upon often Her account describ [...]

    13. The thing is, I really wanted to love this book, but I only like it.It s a fascinating subject the story of a middle aged woman who went to Alaska to serve as a school teacher in the early 1900s and the writing is very descriptive and often compelling The problem with this book is that the author, in an attempt to avoid gossip and be civil, ends up writing mostly about her travels here and there as much as, or than, about her actual experiences or her interactions with others I found the editor [...]

    14. I loved this slim memoir Breece was a Pennsylvania school teacher who went to Alaska in 1904 She worked for the U.S government to create schools for native children, mainly Eskimos and Aleuts, but eh remote settlements usually had some white or half white decedents of Russian settlers Her descriptions of the land are wonderful and she is tirelessly upbeat as she strives to bring education to the locals The locals in general loved her too, and new how valuable her skills were for their betterment [...]

    15. I enjoyed this book very much It is a memoir based on the letters written by Hannah Breece during her years teaching native children in different areas of Alaska in the early 20th century It is edited and a forward and epilogue was written by her niece, Jane Jacobs who adds additional depth to the story I really loved Hannah a woman of her time, who did not criticize unduly but held her ideals and values aloft Without her, young people would have led different lives during this critical period i [...]

    16. Miss Breece taught school in a time where doctrines such as manifold destiny and white man s burden, now called the doctrine of discovery and generally repudiated, was prevalent This book was great when it showed how people lived and how Miss Breece and the Native communities she served helped each other It was sad, however, when some of the doctrines of the time, such as the Native people being uncivilized and backward, and how they needed to be civilized, came through That, however, was the te [...]

    17. I picked up a copy of this book while on vacation in Alaska and really enjoyed it I m going to school to be a teacher and it was very interesting to me to read this memoir of a prohibition era teacher who established schools in remote parts of Alaska Her stories of the difficulties she encountered are unique and often humorous Some of her ideals might be a little off putting to certain readers she was very much for prohibition and a lot of her goals included helping the natives becoming civiliz [...]

    18. I enjoyed reading this true story about part of Alaska s history, especially having recently visited Alaska for the first time I have been to some of the places mentioned in the book, and know where all of them are I have such admiration for pioneer women such as Hannah Breece, who demonstrated courage and persistence in the face of terrible hardships and life threatening mishaps You have to remember that it was a different time and place, and withhold judgement, remembering that expectations an [...]

    19. By happenstance I found this book at our local used bookstore for 1.50 I ve always been interested in Alaskan culture and am currently in my first year of teaching, so buying the book was a no brainer It was a wonderful story and perspective into the lives of Alaska s most remote citizens and how one brave woman dedicated her life and well being to encourage education and spread knowledge to Alaska s most disconnected villages Hannah Breece s story taught me than a sociology lesson Her life is [...]

    20. This is another of Terri s excellent pics An autobiography of an early 20th century spinster schoolteacher who agrees to travel to Alaska to teach Russian, Inuit and English speaking children in remote areas Tales of adventure and tragedy, including a pertussis whooping cough outbreak that wipes out ALL of the children under 3 in that area For some younger families, this was all of thier children Wonderful story I really liked it.

    21. Beech makes anthropology and colonialism fun On a serious note, the selling point of this book is the story of a woman on the frontier a story seldom told Beech, a schoolteacher sent to Alaska to improve native schools, starts her journey believing wholeheartedly in the good of Uncle Sam As the book goes on she starts to realize that perhaps some of the native ways are better than what she has to offer.

    22. Really enjoyed the actual memoir portion of this book which reported Hannah s experiences from her notes Latter portion of the book related and compared her story to actual history which would have been o.k had the author not extensively editorialized rating would have been 4 stars for the actual memoir but only 1 for the commentary.

    23. Really interesting read Today s teachers think they have it rough teaching the common coreHAH Try having to row 3 miles in open ocean to get to school, or waking up to a house that is 40 below zero inside, or having to fend off being attacked by vicious sled dogs Today s teachers have got NOTHING on Hannah Breece

    24. This is my all time favorite alaska book It s a true story It s very well written easy to understand and poetic at times It also seems authentic to the views of the time something that s not PC today, but I like it when we don t pretend that the past wasn t different.

    25. An ok book It was interesting to read about Alaska when it was a new state This teacher suffered a lot of hardship to bring education to the native people Wasn t a book that you couldn t put down but it was interesting from a historical perspective.

    26. This book was truly fascinating Reading about Hannah s experiences and the problems she faced and how she solved them, during the time period of the early 1900 s is so amazing I know it really resonated with me since I have visited some of the areas in Alaska that she speaks about.

    27. Quite enjoyed this very readable memoir by the very spunky and principled teacher in early 1900s Alaska The book is edited and commented upon by the equally spunky and principled Jane Jacobs, her great niece.

    28. A wonderful story about a courageous, intelligent woman at the turn of the twentieth century going off to Alaska to teach Native children Lots of colorful descriptions of Alaska and the lives lived back then

    29. Fascinating story of a 40 year old school teacher who volunteered to go to Alaska in 1934 to teach in native Alaskan villages I can t even imagine having that kind of fortitude and yearning for adventure in that day and age Very good writing, descriptive, informational Enjoyed.

    30. The story of a truly courageous woman who braved Alaska in the 1900 s to be a government school teacher Respectful of the natives customs but determined to improve their lives, she traveled hundreds of miles, setting up schools wherever she was needed A great non fiction read.

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