Harriet Tubman: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by James A. McGowan

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The mythical Moses of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman was once a fiery and tenacious abolitionist who prepared and led African American army operations deep within the Confederacy. Harriet Tubman: A Biography relates the lifestyles tale of this striking lady, status as a testomony to her tenacity, force, intelligence, and courage.In telling the extraordinary tale of Tubman's lifestyles, the biography examines her early years as Araminta Ross (her delivery name), her get away from slavery, her actions as an Underground Railroad conductor, her involvement within the Civil warfare, and her function as a champion of women's rights. The publication locations its heroine within the vast context of her time and the pursuits within which she used to be concerned, and the narrative shifts among the contextual and the private to provide the reader a powerful realizing of Tubman as a girl who used to be formed via, and helped to form, the time within which she lived.

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Her guilt was more reflective of a desire to be faithful to God and His will, and not yield to a sinful desire for revenge. Ironically, Brodess’s death increased the likelihood of Harriet being sold. His widow, Eliza, needed to pay off her deceased husband’s many debts and planned to sell the family’s remaining slaves. 20 “There was one of two things I had a right to—liberty or death,” she explained later. ”21 On September 17, 1849, Harriet and her two brothers, Ben and Henry, escaped from slavery.

As a result, Catherine Clinton contends that Tubman’s birth date was 1820, the same date recorded on her gravestone; see Catherine Clinton, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom (New York: Little, Brown, 2004), 4. Kate Larson, on the other hand, argues that 1822 was the year of Tubman’s birth, based on a midwife payment and several other historical documents; see Kate Clifford Larson, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (New York: Ballantine Books, 2004), 16.

Clinton, Road to Freedom, 13; Larson, Bound for the Promised Land, 33–34. 15. a. James Seward) quoted in Drew, The Refugee, 27. 16. , John Seward) in Drew, The Refugee, 27. 17. Larson, Bound for the Promised Land, 37. 18. James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, Slavery and the Making of America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 98–99. 19. See Kenneth M. Stampp, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Antebellum South (New York: Viking, 1956), 4–6; Eugene Genovese, Roll Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaveholders Made (New York: Pantheon, 1974); and Horton, Slavery and the Making of America, 47–84.

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