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Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made more than nineteen missions to rescue more than 300 slaves[1] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage. As a child in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten by masters to whom she was hired out. Early in her life, she suffered a severe head wound when hit by a heavy metal weight. The injury caused disabling seizures, narcoleptic attacks, headaches, and powerful visionary and dream experiences, which occurred throughout her life. A devout Christian, Tubman ascribed the visions and vivid dreams to revelations from God. In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was called) "never lost a passenger".[2] Large rewards were offered for the return of many of the fugitive slaves, but no one then knew that Tubman was the one helping them. When the Southern-dominated Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, requiring law officials in free states to aid efforts to recapture slaves, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada, where slavery had been abolished in 1834. When the American Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina. After the war, she retired to the family home in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents. She became active in the women's suffrage movement in New York until illness overtook her. Near the end of her life, she lived in a home for elderly African Americans that she had helped found years earlier.

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  • File Size: 181 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146119590X
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  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00847ITNQ
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Campbell on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book in my last year as an undergrad-- and it had a profound effect on me immediately. Sarah Bradford's account of this courageous woman is revealing not only because it was written during Harriet Tubman's time (thereby showing some of the abolitionist sentiment of this period), but also because it contains Harriet Tubman's views on Harriet Tubman. Harriet's perspective of her own life is a deeply spiritual one--and the spiritual panoramic begins from her birth to old age, the common thread being her faith in God, her unshakable vision of freedom, and her consuming desire to see the freedom of others come to pass. Her courage, her incredible faith in God, her selflessness and sacrifice, her almost brutal determination, and her demonstrated love for others will bring those who read this book into a deep self-examination. "Harriet Tubman" is a transforming book that I will read over and over. I recommend this book for all ages, and for anyone doing indepth research on Tubman's roles as an Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist, Civil War nurse, soldier,and spy. Many thanks to the publishers for making this classic available for this generation.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lamont G. Sible Jr. on February 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
A very informative book. Prior to reading this book, I had assumed Mrs. Tubman took her people to the North, the land of "Freedom". I was wrong, Mrs. Tubman had to take her people all the way to Canada, to be free. In the North, with the passage of the fugitive slave act, Harriett Tubman knew her people would/and could be 'captured' by Northern slave catches, ( who frequently captured free African-Americans as well) and sold them back into slavery) Traveling at night, hiding in the swamps, carring laudnum to keep the crying babies from crying and giving them away, and a pistol for safety, and risking her very life should she be captured.
I regret there was never more recorded history on Harriett Tubman. Her bravery, and heroism are awe inspiring. She risked her life 19 times, to save her people, and bring them to Canada, for Canada was the end of the Undergound Railroad.
Mrs. Tubman serves as a true American Hero, that went far beyond and above, what the vast majority of us would do.
I take my hat off to you, Mrs Tubman. God Bless you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I thought that this book was great. I enjoyed that it was written by someone in Harriet's time, except that some of the terminolgy is confusing. If you read this book, you will learn a lot about Harriet, and her adventures, but remember the dictionary!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Calamity Jane on September 1, 2011
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This book is fantastic. It's the best free book I've read so far. It's a short read.

There is a distinct correlation between Tubman's childhood problems and who she eventually came to be. Had Harriot not experience the hardships she endured when she was young, she never could become the tough warrior that she did. Mentally and physically stronger than any male slave she lead to freedom, Tubman escaped detection and capture. Nobody knew who she was or what she looked like. The slave owners only knew her as "that ghost woman" who, once sighted at a distance, would cause their slaves to disappear within a few days. Knowing that the plantation owners read all slave mail before delivering it to them, Tubman used codes and secret messages to communicate her intentions. She created a series of safe houses from the south to the north to protect the escaping slaves on their journey north. When a slave had grown tired of wandering through the night wilderness, and he threatened to return to the plantation, Tubman pulled a pistol from her dress and threatened to kill him where he stood. She admitted later in life that she would have killed him to prevent him from disclosing her identity as well as her underground railroad.

I'm keeping this book in my Kindle so I can read it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 4, 2012
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Read this as a child and did not appreciate it's value. Now I do. A very moving book. You will not be sorry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Ford on November 11, 2012
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I was anxious to receive and read this book. Historical Books about real heros are my favorite. I found this book very hard to read and it wasn't interesting to me. It was one factual rescue recitation after the other with no real story to weave it together. Harriet Tubman was truly a hero.....but the book to me was not interesting. There was nothing new to be learned about the era or the rescue effort of the slaves. Maybe it was the way the book was written; but it did not appeal to me or hold my interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DDabbott on November 15, 2012
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Harriet Tubman was respected among white, black, soldier, politician, and a variety of church leaders. It was surprising to see references to a near psychic ability secondary to a severe head injury that allowed Ms. Tubman to choose the path less traveled to freedom for her charges. Her entire life was spent serving others with nothing more than hart work and an innocent faith in others to support her efforts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karleen Pelletier on November 26, 2012
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An amazing true story about a woman of simple means who had little "formal" education, yet she was able, through faith and trust in her God, to change the destiny of many people. She faced insumountable obstacles that one would think could not be overcome, but despite the odds, she was able to endure and not give up. Very inspirational!
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