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Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero

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Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside from juvenile biographies. The truth about Harriet Tubman has become l ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by One World/Ballantine (first published 2003)
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Kate Clifford Larson investigates the complicated history of a complicated person. Her work studies the history of Tubman studies as much as it studies the person herself. While painting compelling pictures of Tubman's life, she also discribes the difficulty of locating primary sources such as letters, court records, property deeds and interview texts that would lend credibility to any one account. As if that's not enough, she also demonstrates the elisions and conflations in previous biographie ...more
She's like a superhero only real and better. This is an inspiring look at someone incredibly driven and unwavering - who gave selflessly her entire life. It covers her life as a slave, her escape, her numerous returns as a prime mover in the underground railroad, her service as a nurse, a scout, and even military commander during the Civil War, her fight for women's suffrage, and her efforts to raise funds and provide care for freed slaves and the poor. The generous background of slavery on the ...more
Just finished reading this today and am glad that I did. This well researched books allows us to see Harriet Tubman in her true unmythtical light. Growing up I've always known about Harriet Tubman the Underground Railroad agent or heroine but I had not idea that she was actively involved in the Civil War or the women's suffrage moverment. I had known how the 15th amendment as well as civil issues for African Americans caused the suffrage movement to split into two organizations, one handling the ...more
Camilla Ross
This writer is a wonderful woman and a great writer. I often use this text when I need to refer to some details of her life that other writers have missed. IN 2014 I attended the Harriet Tubman Conference and had the privilege to meet this author in person. Great book and amazing read.
Allison Hepler
I grew up before there was black history month or women's historymonth and so I never learned anything about Tubman. Turns out student learn about her Underground Railroad work but do not learn that she (a) nearly died as a result of a rock being thrown at her head and suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy the rest of her life as well as intense spiritual visions, (b) was a good friend and supporter of radical abolitionist John Brown, (c) was a scout and a spy for the Union Army during the Civil ...more
Kathleen Hulser
Single best book on Tubman, with authoritative research on many fuzzy issues. You learn she had eight siblings, get detailed accounts of Tubman's trips back, learn about lawsuits for freedom and various stages of "term slavery" in Maryland, good chapters on Civil War experiences helping freedman. Altogether a classic of history, on a subject most thought a twice-told tale. Absolutely the best sourcing that uses documents to establish the most vivid contours of this most vivid life.
Fascinating biography. I learned a lot about Harriet Tubman, slavery in Maryland and the Underground Railroad. However, at times the book was hard to follow because the author mentioned many names - slaves, family members, slaveowners, abolitionists - without much development of personalities. When these people were referred to later in the book, I often needed to refer to the index to remember who they were.
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It didn't read as a story really. I wanted more of a narrative telling and this had mostly just a collection of facts and statistics. Not bad, interesting but I wasn't interested in that at the time so I stopped reading.

I may pick it up again because some of the facts were thought provoking and interesting, I just need to be in the mood for that and at the extended moment I am not there.
What a fascinating woman! Harriet Tubman was simply amazing. She worked and sacrificed her whole life for the good of society while being about as selfless as one can be. I love the history that the author shares, though at times it does get a little fuzzy with some many characters making brief appearances here and there.
I'm glad I read this book. So much of what I learned in school about Harriet Tubman just barely scratched the surface of who she really was. I had no idea about her seizures; that she was BFFs with John Brown; that she worked for the Union as a nurse and spy and was a later suffragist. I feel rather cheated, school!
Lauriellen Winchester
A very thoroughly written book about an amazing woman of God! The author had 100 pages of foot notes too.
M. Fenn
A well-researched, well-written bio. Fascinating woman, Harriet.
An American hero in a pretty dull book.
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