Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas,
in America's heartland.
She spent much of her early childhood in the upper-middle class household
of her maternal grandparents.
Amelia's mother, Amelia "Amy" Otis,
married a man who showed much promise,
but had never been able to break the bonds of alcohol.
Edwin Earhart was on a constant search to establish his career
and put the family on a firm financial foundation.