Aired: December 26, 2009

The Wright Brothers’ Sister

kwrightWilbur and Orville Wright won a place in history for unraveling the secrets of heavier-than-air flight, but their charismatic sister, Katharine Wright, deserves a lot of credit.  Cindy Wilkey (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) says the brothers, who never married, were shy and reserved and that Katharine devoted her life to running their home and business.  Also featured:  Stephen Watkins (University of Mary Washington) garnered accolades for his first book, about discriminatory hiring practices at a national restaurant chain.  Now he’s written “Down Sand Mountain,” a novel about coming of age in the South in the ‘60s.


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