Harriet Tubman was unconditionally committed to the abolition of slavery by any means, resulting in her willingness to help radical abolitionist John Brown prepare for his Harpers Ferry raid. She was the first woman to lead a military expedition in an American war, and she reinvented herself as a women's rights pioneer during the last part of her life.
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This concise biography of Harriet Tubman, the African American abolitionist, explores her various roles as an Underground Railroad conductor, Civil War scout and nurse, and women's rights advocate.
The legendary Moses of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman was a fiery and tenacious abolitionist who organized and led African American military operations deep in the Confederacy. Harriet Tubman: A Biography relates the life story of this extraordinary woman, standing as a testament to her tenacity, drive, intelligence, and courage.
In telling the remarkable story of Tubman's life, the biography examines her early years as Araminta Ross (her birth name), her escape from slavery, her activities as an Underground Railroad conductor, her involvement in the Civil War, and her role as a champion of women's rights. The book places its heroine in the broad context of her time and the movements in which she was involved, and the narrative shifts between the contextual and the personal to give the reader a strong understanding of Tubman as a woman who was shaped by, and helped to shape, the time in which she lived.
- Maps and detailed descriptions of the major Underground Railroad routes Tubman used in guiding fugitives to freedom
- 24 primary source excerpts from newspapers, contemporary correspondence, and Tubman's military records
- 13 photographs
- Integrates the historiography on Tubman into a narrative storyline
- Explores the long-ignored issue of Tubman's psychic powers and whether they can be attributed to temporal lobe epilepsy or religious sensitivity
- Illustrates the reciprocal influence between Tubman and the time period in which she lived