Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
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
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
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
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
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
“[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 have a new appreciation for the many sacrifices Harriet Tubman made for so many. She viewed herself as an instrument in God's hands. What a great example to all of us. The author did a wonderful job with this book.