How Boston's Annie Londonderry Pedaled Her Way Into History

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Courtesy of Peter Zheutlin and Mary Levy Goldiner.
Annie Londonderry. (Courtesy of Peter Zheutlin and Mary Levy Goldiner)

We bring you the story of a remarkable, and complicated, Boston woman: Annie Cohen Kopchovsky. A Latvian immigrant, living in the West End, she was a wife and working mother of three.

If you were around in the mid-1890s, you might better know her as Annie Londonderry, a 23-year-old woman who this week in 1894, began an extraordinary journey around the world on a bicycle.

One part P. T. Barnum, another part Susan B. Anthony, and a third part Nellie Bly, her story captured the zeitgeist of the times: the women's suffrage movement, extraordinary tales told in the pages of newspapers and, of course, a healthy dose of snake oil.

Londonderry is at the center of the story in a new book by best-selling author Peter Zheutlin. His new book is: "Spin: A Novel Based On A (Mostly) True Story."

This segment aired on June 22, 2021.

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