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Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906- 2001) was an accomplished pilot, navigator, and writer who was also known for her role as the counterpart to famous husband Charles Lindbergh.

With only one day of instruction, Lindbergh became the first woman in the country to receive a gliding pilot’s license. A few months before her first child was born, Lindbergh served as a navigator on the initial coast-to-coast flight with her husband. Charles’ new plane broke the transcontinental speed record. In 1933, her role as copilot and operator on a 40,000-mile venture around the Atlantic earned Lindbergh the Cross of honor of the United States Flag Association. One year later, she also received the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Gold Medal for achievement in exploration.

After her husband’s death, Lindbergh prepared five volumes of her own diaries and letters for publication. This collection included memories of the very public and infamous kidnapping of Lindbergh’s first child, Charles Augustus. A gifted writer, Lindbergh won the first book award of the National Council of Women of the United States for Gift from the Sea, a “mediation” to reconcile the dual roles of wife, mother, and creative writer.


Hertog, Susan. Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life. New York: Anchor Books, 2000.

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow. Bring me a unicorn: diaries and letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1922-1928. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/30099613

Lindbergh, Anne M. Against Wind & Tide: Letters & Journals, 1947-1986. New York: Pantheon Books, 2012.

Vaughan, David Kirk. Anne Morrow Lindbergh. New York: G.K. Hall & Co, 1999. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/56775887

Bernhardt, Mark. “What Kind of Parents Are You?” Journalism History 42, no. 3 (2016): 164-175.

Kollin, Susan. “’The First White Women in the Last Frontier’: Writing Race, Gender, and Nature in Alaska Travel Narratives.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 18, no. 2 (1997): 105-124.

Trautman, Jim. “The Lindberghs’ Forgotten Flight to the Orient.” Aviation History 28, no. 1 (2017): 58-65.

Questions to Explore

How did Lindbergh receive a gliding pilot’s license after only one day of instruction?

What was Lindbergh’s husband famous for? Why was she known for her role as his counterpart?

what are some of the stories and experiences Lindbergh wrote about in her diaries and letters?

Additional Resources

Gherman Beverly. 2008. Anne Morrow Lindbergh : Between the Sea and the Stars. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications.https://www.worldcat.org/title/61456483 

Lindbergh, Reeve. No More Words : a Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. 

Wallner Susan Eric G Schultz Judith Light Lily Rabe John Hodian Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.) and PCK Media dirs. 2017. You’ll Have the Sky : The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. PBS. https://www.worldcat.org/title/1043934291