The first African-American explorer to the North Pole, the story of Matthew Henson's life is one adventure after another. Accompanying Arctic explorer Robert E. Perry on all his northern treks except one, Hensen served an invaluable role as Inuit interpreter, Dog trainer, expert huntsman, "dead reckoner", and countless other roles. Having to deal with prejudice back in America, Matthew Hensen received little recognition in his lifetime, until the advent of the Civil Rights Movement began to finally recognize the man who first made it to the North Pole. With maps and many historic photographs, this is a riveting adventure read for all ages! 124 indexed pages, softcover.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 128 Vendor: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Publication Date: 2008 Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.50 X 0.40 (inches)
He risked the great unknown…and became the first man to reach the North Pole. But it took decades for the cloud of racism to lift and give African-American explorer Matthew Henson the rightful recognition for his extraordinary achievements. Here is the story of Henson’s dramatic, groundbreaking life.
Matthew began his travels as a ship’s cabin boy, but it was his partnership with Robert E. Peary that made history. Although he acted as the team’s indispensable carpenter, hunter, navigator, and interpreter, his crucial role in the expedition went largely unacknowledged. Kathleen Olmstead, the adaptor of several Classic Starts® novels, captures all the adventure, danger, and thrills involved in reaching the top of the world