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Harriet Tubman by Catherine Clinton
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really liked it
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More like 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up in lieu of rounding down. Tubman is a shadowy figure in American History for a several reasons: born into slavery, illiterate, the clandestine nature of her work on the Underground Railroad, her lifetime of dedicated/selfless service, racism and sexism - all of this adds up to not very much being truly "known" about her life, especially the early years. For that reason the first half of this book spends a lot of time talking about politics and social history of the pre-Civil War era in which Tubman would have been operating in more so than Tubman herself.

Where the book picked up considerably for me was once the Civil War hits - because there's much more Tubman to be found in the historical ledgers. Working as a spy and nurse for the Union cause. Her fight for the US government to give her her rightful pension, her nearly 20-year-marriage and charity work in Auburn, NY prior to her death.

Not great, but good and Clinton makes the most out of the bread crumbs left behind in the historical record.
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Reading Progress

December 16, 2019 – Started Reading
December 16, 2019 – Shelved
December 16, 2019 – Shelved as: audio
December 23, 2019 – Finished Reading

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