Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Book - 2018
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Harriet Tubman was born a slave and dreamed of being free. She was willing to risk everything including her own life to see that dream come true. After her daring escape, Harriet became a conductor on the secret Underground Railroad, helping more than three hundred other slaves make the dangerous journey to freedom.
Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
Edition: Revised edition.
ISBN: 9780062668264
Branch Call Number: JB Tubman, Harriet
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 27, 2020

I read voraciously as a kid in the 1950s & early 1960s, including this book.

Harriet Tubman's life and the various topics about US society, etc., brought up in this book were quite an education for me.

I never forgot this book, and smiled to myself with all the relatively recent, long-overdue attention & accolades given to her life. A true hero of humanity and the USA.

Note: The library database needs a minor update. According to Wikipedia, Ms. Petry's dates are: October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997, & also states, "Her 1946 debut novel, "The Street," became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies." Wikipedia also states that for the UK, the book title was "The Girl Called Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman," London: Methuen, 1960.

Nov 02, 2019

Reading this book for the first time as an adult, I have loved and appreciated it deeply. Ann Petry creates a full picture of Tubman's early life, with fictionalized accounts used to help the reader really feel what it may have been like to be this American hero. At the end of each chapter very brief italicized paragraphs give facts that help the reader understand what was happening in the news, in the social environment, that could have impacted how Tubman felt and acted. Very informative and a lovely means of understanding more about the hero and her life.


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