One man's journey to revive the American Dream with a 410 mile walk through history
This is the story of my great-grandfather Joseph John “JJ” Lannin… a penniless orphan who walked from Lac-Beauport, Quebec to Boston, MA at the age of 14, and who against all odds became one of the richest, most powerful men in the Northeast:
Who walked Charles A. Lindbergh across the tarmac of his Long Island airfield to see him off on his famous transatlantic flight.
And, this is my story about investing over 35 years of my life delving into my ancestry to unravel the mysteries surrounding JJ Lannin’s life and death.
On April 30, I realized my dream of walking in my great-grandfather’s footsteps to recreate his life’s journey, physically and spiritually, during a 6-week walking and hiking expedition from Lac-Beauport, Quebec to Boston…The Lannin Walk – Part 1.
The Lannin Walk – Part 1 journeyed into the past by referencing historical information to better understand the mindset of prior generations who came to the “Land of Opportunity” with an inherent belief that anything was possible through hard work, sacrifice, determination, passion and the support of family, friends, and even strangers. While at the same time the walk sought to answer the question, “In today’s society is the opportunity of being upwardly mobile a reality for the majority of people?” If not, why not? And, what can we all do to keep the spirit of the American Dream alive and make our world a better place in which to live?
I am pleased to announce that I am offering my book “Walking In My Great-grandfather’s Footsteps – Living the American Dream in the 21st Century” free-of-charge for people to enjoy and share with their family and friends. To receive your free copy just Friend me on Facebook or email me at email@example.com and I’ll send you my e-Book.
People interested in current events, history, genealogy buffs, educators, concerned parents, directors of youth empowerment programs, fans of baseball, and those believing, or wanting to believe, in the American Dream virtually experienced my pilgrimage as I retraced the inspirational life of my great-grandfather.
With Part 1 successfully completed, I am setting my sights on Part 2 of The Lannin Walk that will bring my journey full-circle in the hopes of demonstrating to others that, indeed, the American Dream is still possible in today’s society.
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