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Alice's Drive: Republishing Veil, Duster and Tire Iron by Alice Ramsey
In 1909, Alice Ramsey, a 22-year-old mother from Hackensack, NJ, became the first woman to drive an automobile from coast to coast. Leaving 1930 Broadway in Manhattan on June 9, she arrived in San Francisco on August 7. More than fifty years later she wrote a charming book about it, and this reprint is annotated with 108 notes. Appended to this is "Chasing Alice," ...more
Published May 1st 2005
(first published 1961)
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A woman driving a car across the U.S. In 1909, when there were no roads to speak of in most places--an extraordinary achievement and a glimpse into a lost time. I enjoyed the autobiographical narrative, which was lively and spunky, though it was definitely a *slim* volume in its original publication. She didn't provide a great mass of anecdotes from what was quite a long sequence of weeks on the road, but the very fact that it was accomplished when few Americans drove cars at all provided enough ...more
I first learned about Alice Ramsey several years ago while researching the history of America's interstate highway system. In the first decade of the 20th century automobiles were in their infancy, and many people thought they were machinery that only a man should operate. At a time when women didn't even have the right to vote, Alice Ramsey was a fiercely independent woman who did not believe that the automobile was a man's machine. Challenged by a salesman for the Maxwell automobile company, ...more