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Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People (African American) Paperback – November 29, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: African American
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486438589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486438580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. She is the bestselling author of several biographies, including Disraeli, selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; George VI; Princess Grace; and The New York Times bestseller Elizabeth. Married to the Viscount Bangor, she lives in London.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

This book is well written and informative.
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She was an incredible woman with boundless faith and optimism, and great courage.
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I think this book should be required reading in every school.
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71 of 74 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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25 of 25 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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30 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Combahee on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
In 1868 after the war Harriet Tubman was induced to dictate her autobiography. In the various editions the story changed, becoming more militant over the years. She also needed the funds from the sale of the book.

Tubman was and is a great American hero. That can not be denied. But with the exception of a few newspaper articles, a few letters and this book, much of what we know about her has been passed from one author to another, each changing or embellishing the story as she or he saw fit.

Unfortunately there are some exaggerations, and or glaring mistakes in this book. Being that she was illiterate it could be that the story was just told wrong. I would hope so.

The Combahee River Raid during the American Civil War is a good example of the problems with her story.

While the raid did take place historians to this day have no documented proof of exactly what her role was and how extensive her involvement in the planning. Unfortunately the reports by the Union commanders are missing. In addition certain parts of the narrative, which are presented as fact, simply didn't happen. The raid never came within five miles by water of the railroad. Only private buildings, farms, plantations, mills were burnt or destroyed. No governmental supply depots were even in the area. Unfortunately this brings into question of what really did happen.

What we do know is she was on the raid, she had a major role in the raid. Most importantly over 750 slaves were freed. Many of these freed slaves eventually did serve in the Union cause.

A good story, but don't take all of the facts for fact before you really do your homework.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diva on December 5, 2012
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Great book on the life of a remarkable woman. I enjoyed reading about her story and reading her words. Really enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sylvia bennett 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 Mary Ann Smit on December 1, 2012
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I loved this book. Harriet Tubman is a true heroe. She helped so many people out of a life of bondage. Thank God for brave people like her! :)
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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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