Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one or two things I had a right to, liberty or death; If I could not have one, I would have the other. Harriet Tubman
Born and named Araminta by her parents, she later took her Mother's Name (and possibly the name of one of her sisters), Harriett after she became free. "When Araminta escaped the hell o ...more
This is a repost of a reflection I wrote in my zine, Ladders & Hips, back in 2008.
Take the example of Harriett Tubman. Tubman has been mythologized by white biographers ...more
Since this is the first large text I've ever read about Harriet Tubman (and the first of any sort since grade school), it's hard for me to tell where this biography of hers lies in terms of others or her life itself.
One of the main impressions I was left with from this book was that of Harriet Tubman's incredibly strengt ...more
(UPDATE: Since writing this review, I've learned that US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew specifically mentioned this book as one of the big reasons his department chose Tubman for the new face of the twenty-dollar bill, high praise indeed for this decade-plus-old volume.)
Like many Americans, when it was annou ...more
Excellent biography of Harriet Tubman, born into slavery in the U.S. In approximately 1825, in her early 20's, she left her family and husband in Maryland, to seek freedom in the North.
Illiterate, but deeply religious, and very smart, once she was in the North, she thought she would find freedom. Instead she learned of Southern slave hunters, who would track down escaped slaves for money, return them to the slave owner, often to be whipped, branded ...more
One interesting point raised by the book is how much of a lightning rod Harriet Tubman is for conservatives. There are and continue to be a ...more
The biography tells the story of Tubman's early life in slavery, how she liberated herself, and then made a series of trips back into smuggling her family and many others to freedom as part ...more
Tubman is of legend, but her real story is even more amazing. She escaped in 1950, and immediately served as a UGRR conductor helping about 350 people escape. She was an ardent abolitionist, even supporting John Brown's attack on Harper's Ferry. When the Civil War started, she served first as a nurse ( ...more
At long last Harriet Tubman, the subject of school myth and lore, has a full-fledged biography. Critics agree that Clinton does a remarkable job researching the life of a woman who left few traces; not only was she born into slavery, but she was also illiterate, and the Underground Railroad left no written records. Despite these obstacles, Clinton delves into university archives to paint a detailed portrait of Tubman's life--from her marriage, militant politics, and role in the Underground Railr...more
I was deeply embarrassed by the controversy that arose over the recent proposal to replace the image of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with that of Harriet Tubman. I was personally embarrassed because I didn’t have a clue who in the world Harriet Tubman was! I’d never even heard of her! This was particularly embarrassing for someone who considers themselves well educated in American History, reads all the time, and is particularly sensitive to black history. However, I have learned ...more
I went into this book as I made a friend here on GR who is an accomplished African American woman. We bonded over books, being al ...more
“[Sojourner] Truth doubtless knew of [Harriet] Tubman’s work among the soldiers in the Carolinas, and her exploits before and during the war.. Equally, Tubman would have been curious about Truth, the compelling speaker whose lectures always opened with her singing spirituals. The article on Tubman in “The Commonwealth” in July 1863 suggested that “her religious experiences are as startling as those of Sojourner Truth.” (39. “The Commonwealth,” Boston, July 10, 1863) Thus it was ...more
I started this book because I wanted to know about Harriet Tubman, and was delighted that its coverage expanded much further. Catherine Clinton's research presents a clearer view of the United States during slavery. It was a chaotic era that is difficult to understand due to lac ...more
This book is well researched and well written because Carolyn Clinton is a professor of history. She give us, in my small experience with American history, an honest view of the people and ...more
"Tubman herself fell victim to the backlash, even as she was returning home a war hero. On the train heading north to Auburn from Virginia, she was roughed up while passing through New Jersey. The conductor decided that Harriet’s papers must have been forged or illegally appropria ...more