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She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,044 ratings  ·  386 reviews
In the bestselling tradition of The Notorious RBG comes a lively, informative, and illustrated tribute to one of the most exceptional women in American history—Harriet Tubman—a heroine whose fearlessness and activism still resonates today.

Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. As a leading abolitionist, her bravery an
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by 37 Ink
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Merphy Napier
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. Harriet Tubman has always been one of the most compelling people I've learned about, but there's so much of her life I didn't know. The amount that she accomplished in her life is unbelievable, and the humility and perspective she kept is incredible. Already looking up what my next non fiction will be about her life, because I must read more. ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
3.5 Harriet Tubman. All I remember learning about this remarkable woman, in my high school history class, was her work in the Underground railroad. She did so very much more, quite astonishing in that time, well really her accomplishments would even now be considered astonishing. I'm not going to give chapter and verse on all the things she did do, you can read the book or even look her up on WIkI.
This book itself, is a rather slim volume, less than 200 pages, is told in a simple and clear manne
This was told in an informal almost historical fiction style. The chapter titles are pop reference style which is fun, dynamic and relatable.
This was not overly long or extra wordy and I liked the way the biography was laid out. I feel starting with her grandmother was an important part of understanding Harriet.
I really enjoyed this and think it would be perfect for high school and up.
Probably even middle grades as the visual aids and such might be engaging.
The author makes a true effort to us
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - This is one of those books that entices you to learn more! I learned so much about Harriet Tubman's life that I feel like I should have already known, but this definitely stoked my interest to learn more about her life & impact. ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I started reading this book minutes after I finished watching the film Harriet. This book is a good introduction to Tubman and I was happy to read about aspects of her life that the film did not cover.
Yesenia Cash
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes Araminta!!! Wonderful I need moreeeeeee!!!!
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
A riveting biography of Harriet Tubman, former enslaved person, fearless conductor on the Underground Railroad, and mighty advocate for former enslaved peoples' rights.

I'll be honest, before listening to The History Chicks' episode on Tubman, I paid very little attention to her beyond grumpy old lady who did a lot of things during the Civil War. I stupidly slid right on past her remarkable life and her courage.

Because an escaped slave returning—time after time after time—to slave states to rescu
Sam toer
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a remarkable fighter!
Feb 09, 2021 marked it as maybe-later
I'm certainly going to pick this book up,
But I'm not in the right mindset, rn...
And there are so many triggers in this book,

I have completed 30% of the book.

And honestly, I wasn't able to keep track of the times I cried,

It was phenomenal how this author wrote this.

But you know what Harriet Tubman was going through,
And her way of overcoming obstacles is inspiring.

I stopped at the point where the slave hunters were looking for her.
I just couldn't bring myself to see her suffer from it.
So I'm going
Anita Fajita Pita
An amazing biography of an amazing woman. She Came to Slay is aptly titled, as Harriet Tubman was an activist throughout her long life.

She fought slavery by escaping and then returning again and again to free other slaves. She raised her own funds for each trip by working in the North and by touring amongst northern abolitionists with the likes of Frederick Douglass to speak out against slavery.
"I had reasoned this out of my mind; there was one of two things I had the right to, liberty or dea
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The woman herself Harriet Tubman deserves 5 super shiny stars for her courage and contributions to women's suffrage and of course for helping people escape the horrors of slavery. A deadly civil war was fought over the right to free people in bondage and it nearly destroyed this country. Today we sit in our comfortable homes thanks to the sacrifices made by courageous woman like Harriet Tubman and I dont think we recognize her enough.
About the book itself, it is hard to be critical of this shor
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The content of this book was good. It's great to have a very easy to read book that tells a more holistic story of an incredibly important woman in US history.

What was disappointing was the writing style. The book is meant to be accessible to non-academics but that doesn't mean that it has to be staccato. It read like an academic trying to dumb down a story, rather than like a book written for a general audience. By far the most well written passages are direct quotations of Harriet Tubman. In a
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4.5 stars

During my schoolyears, I never learned anything about the Civil-war or the underground railroad. I don't know why, but I know that a lot of people in Europe (I'm from Belgium) never really learn anything about it in highschool. A couple of years ago I saw something about the civil-war, and decided to look up what the hell that was all about. That's how I stumbled upon the stories revolving around the underground railroad, and Harriet Tubman. So here I am, learning more an
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
I have always believed that I don't need the pretext of Black History Month to read about African American history. Yet if I have the opportunity to do it during that month, I always take it.

I learned a number of things about Harriet Tubman that I hadn't known previously from this book.

I knew that Harriet had visions, but not that she had epilepsy due to a brain injury that occurred while she was a slave. Some think that epilepsy invalidates religious visions. I believe that divine power can us
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For such a short read, Dunbar managed to pack a lot information into this book. Shamefully, I didn't know anything about Tubman's life, other than as her status as a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad. Her life was full of low blows and high triumphs. Her contribution to the Civil War efforts were never recognized in the manner in which she deserved. This was a well written biography that is suitable to adults and children too. ...more
A very accessible, well-written biography of Harriet Tubman which I think would be ideal to give to someone—particularly a teen/young adult reader—who is new to this remarkable woman's life and career. Tubman's fierce determination to achieve emancipation comes through loud and clear in Erica Armstrong Dunbar's prose, although some of the stylistic choices (such as the title) may date this book more quickly or make it seem more frivolous than it is. ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a great look into the life of Harriet Tubman, I learned a lot of details about her that I didn't know before. What an incredible woman, put her on the $20 bill!

The audio book is under 4 hours so if you want learn a powerful story kind of quickly this is a good choice.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A very accessible read about the life of Harriet Tubman. Very informative and content-rich, presented in a very engaging way.
LaTrice McNeil-Smith
So good! Ugh our ancestors have endored so much just for the freedoms we have today and every day still seems like such a battle at times. What a remarkable life she lived!
Katie Cheng
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tubman...should have been on the twenty dollar bill yesterday. The work that Dunbar has put into this text honors Harriet Tubman so well, combining graphics and an accessibly written history of the life she lived. I am humbled by her legacy. I will be learning from her fiery, fearless, sincere, humble leadership for a long time. This quote sums it up well:

Frederick Douglass said of her, “The difference between us is very marked. Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has
Biographies of historical figures tend to be dry and boring. The title of this book had me hoping it would bring a more modern storytelling style which could bring some life to her story. It started off describing one of Tubman's more badass moments, but quickly turned into a standard history book. It was fine. I was just hoping for more. ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m glad I finally read this, I learned a lot more about Harriet Tubman! I’ve never been a big history buff, but this book helped me realize my gateway to better retaining historical info is probably to focus on individual experience (specifically those of women, BIPOC folks, and/or queer people). The book has some awesome visual aspects and the audio was super well done, I recommend both formats!
Conor Ahern
An unsanitized illustrated depiction of Harriet Tubman, who is way too often (as recently as 2019) sanitized. I think more children's books should be written this way: age-appropriate but not bowdlerized. ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this author. She writes historical figures in a way that makes their lives so accessible. You feel a part of their story when you journey through her books.
Shannan Harper
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A short and simple account of the life of Harriet Tubman and what is known of her and her family lineage.
Michelle Leonard
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Harriet Tubman #biography. Perfectly paced and engaging.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having been familiar with Harriet Tubman’s role as the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, I must admit I was less aware of her roles as nurse, scout and spy, baker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and suffragist. This biography is short yet offers thorough and revelatory insight into this bold and brave woman referred to as the Moses of her people. Nice illustrations, photos, quotes, and suggested reading offered in the book.

“I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person
Rick Bourque
An easy read by a careful scholar. I appreciated the effort to separate the woman from the legends while also not dismissing her more pentecostal faith as simply a cultural by-product. One of the most moving quotes by Tubman: "I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave." One of the most outrageous acts against her: the northern governments failure to compensate her for over three years of service to the Union army and, a violent incident ...more
Samantha W.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was younger, I remember being very amazed/impressed/awed by Harriet Tubman. I read several books about her and other slaves that fought for equality and freedom for themselves and the fellow slaves throughout America. I read this book as a call back of that interest and I'm glad I did. I learned a lot about her military service, something I can't remember learning from way back when. I also learned more about her activism and fight for equality that continued throughout her entire life. T ...more
There's good information in this book and Harriet Tubman is a worthy subject. Unfortunately, I thought I'd give this five stars, but had too many issues with the writing and the way it's laid out. Too often the author supposes Tubman's thoughts and feelings ("she must have felt" "she must have thought"). When comparing it to Notorious RBG (which the back of the book does), it's hard to suppose what RBG felt and thought when she is still alive to answer questions. I wanted to like this more. ...more
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Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She also served as director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Dunbar attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, then earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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