It’s third and final episode in a series of three episodes about America: its history, its people, and its culture. This time around, I am looking at walking across America through the lens of the seminal travel memoirs A Walk Across America and The Walk West: A Walk Across America 2 by Peter Jenkins and Barbara Jenkins. In addition, I take a look at the book their son, Jedediah Jenkins, wrote, To Shake the Sleeping Self. It’s the portrait of a journey, a country, and a family.
Content Warning: This episode includes me sharing my political views. Listener discretion is advised.
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After the jump, there are a few extras …
Required Reading Episode 70. Stella and I talk about this genre and I even bring up these two books.
Some scans from my copy of A Walk Across America …
Some scans from my copy of The Walk West …
About Peter Jenkins
A video he posted to YouTube back in 2011 …
An Q&A with him and an eighth grade class …
A North Carolina Arts video about Peter’s visit to Texana in the 1970s …
Peter Jenkins’ Facebook page, which has not been updated since 2016 but does have some nice pictures from his walk across America.
The review of A Walk Across America at the blog Dog Snot on my Windshield.
About Barbara Jenkins
A podcast interview on the show Challenge Your Thinking with Dr. Linda Tucker.
Barbara’s website, which also features writings beyond her work with her former husband.
About Jedediah Jenkins
Jed’s official website, which contains details about a number of his projects.
Jed’s Instagram page, where you can find more recent photos of his travels, including a trip through the parts of the country visited in The Walk West.
A video, courtesy of National Geographic, that features the journey Jed took in To Shake the Sleeping Self: