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Bound for the Promised Land

Bound for the Promised Land

Harriet Tubman, Portrait of An American Hero

Book - 2004 | 1st ed
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"Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history - a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well as extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman - brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of West Africa's Gold Coast, Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but refused to spend her life in bondage. While still a young woman she embarked on a perilous journey of self-liberation - and then, having won her own freedom, she returned again and again to liberate family and friends, tapping into the Underground Railroad." "Yet despite her success, her celebrity, her close ties with Northern politicians and abolitionists, Tubman suffered crushing physical pain and emotional setbacks. Stripping away myths and misconceptions, Larson presents stunning new details about Tubman's accomplishments, personal life, and influence, including her relationship with Frederick Douglass, her involvement with John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, and revelations about a young woman who may have been Tubman's daughter. Here too are Tubman's twilight years after the war, when she worked for women's rights and in support of her fellow blacks, and when racist politicians and suffragists marginalized her contribution."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, ©2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345456274
Call Number: BIO 973.7115 TUBMAN 2004
Characteristics: xxi, 402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Nov 18, 2019

After movie, Harriet, Harris sent this book title!

Sep 18, 2016

This is a scholarly book with a large number of footnotes, but it is written in an easily understood style and Harriet Tubman was a fascinating human being. I learned many things about how escaping slavery has affected doing genealogy for descendants of those slaves, as well as the injustices of the slave system. Since I have a plantation overseer on one side of my family and abolitionists on the other side, Harriet Tubman's life helped me to understand the time and places in my background.


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