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Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman Paperback – May 1, 1987
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life
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When she was quite young she helped another slave escape and in the process was badly injured. Despite leaving her with sudden sleeping spells she escaped and went on to join the freedom train. Her inspirational way, strength and sheer will made her extremely successful at freeing many others - even when they eventually had to take the 'train' all the way to Canada. She even helped her elderly parents escape.
This is as much a story of slavery in America as this outlines the background of what Harriet was doing. Why she suddenly had to take her 'passengers' beyond the Delaware border to Canada. The wrangling of the slave-owning congress who wanted all slaves returned, that Lincoln refused to allow black troops in the civil war at first - and paid them only 2/3rds of what the white troops were earning.
It also talks about Harriet's life after the end of the civl war and her support of her family, friends and freedmen institutions to better her community.
This is a very well written, informative and entertaining book suitable for 8-12 year olds and I would highly recommend it. It is inpirational - about a girl who would not give up hope and when she could acted on it. I really liked the fact that this story is about someone who actually made change. This is not a glamouress herione, but one who really changed the face of America.
Also Harriet fought in the army, became a nurse in an Negro hospital and trained other women to be nurses and founded the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She was a very tall black women that could not read or write. But she did so much for the slaves and to help free them.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone with any interest in history, good biography, or just an engrossing story. It is all that. Harriet Tubman was an exceptional person. Much of the story is taken from notes transcribed after each of her trips "driving" the "Freedom Train", so the facts were gathered contemporaneously to her adventures, making them probably more reliable and detailed. Read it, you'll like it.
~ From Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman
My kiddo and I both gave Freedom Train 5 stars. For intermediate and middle grade readers, I can't ask too much from it because there are some chapters where a lull of excitement sets in, and you don't want that for young readers. Even as an adult, if this book had've been any longer, I would have put it aside for a few days - maybe longer - and then returned because of that. When readers are in training (and they're in training until they can hold a conversation about a book without any coaching, in my professional opinion) you want them hungry and being fed, not having the opportunity for the mind to wander.
But, this is an extremely important book for Americans to read. There are also decent snippets of European and Canadian history included as well, for those of you reading from outside the States. Thank you, btw, for your perusal. This book is a chapter of American history that must be remembered. It inspires a sense of appreciation and reality. Recounting how Harriet Tubman was fiercely focused and overcame any circumstance helps me to acknowledge that I don't really have anything worth complaining about. And, not only that, but I can overcome anything I may face because she did with less of everything than I have in my life. That's a lesson for subsequent generations - they always have more; more access, more information, more rights, more freedom. So are they overcoming or wasting their resources?
It's also important because it deals with the problem solving of societal, anthropological and sociological issues. As well as everyday life solutions.Read more ›
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This is a must read for anyone with an interest in history, especially Black history.Published 6 months ago by Lily G. Clark
One of my daughters needed this book for class but all three of them have read it!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very informative book for young readers about the courageous life of Harriet Tubman. A truly remarkable woman and leader. The book was accessible and well written. Read morePublished 12 months ago by sanjayscorpio
I am a 4th grade student in Ms. Williams class. This is my review of Freedom Train.
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I read this book years ago as a child. It was very informative and a good read. It made Harriet Tubman a hero of mine.Published 18 months ago by Mayet M. Bell