Harriet Tubman: On My Underground Railroad I Never Ran My Train off the Track

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On a dark, cold night, Harriet Tubman was leading a group of runaway slaves through the Maryland woods when they came across an unexpected river. With no path or boat to cross it, Tubman ordered her followers to wade the river on foot. Despite her group's reservations, Tubman trudged across, leading the way. Harriet Tubman took many risks like this in leading runaway slaves to freedom. As a former slave, Tubman made it her life's work to fight slavery and, through her work on the Underground Railroad, she became ...

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Overview

On a dark, cold night, Harriet Tubman was leading a group of runaway slaves through the Maryland woods when they came across an unexpected river. With no path or boat to cross it, Tubman ordered her followers to wade the river on foot. Despite her group's reservations, Tubman trudged across, leading the way. Harriet Tubman took many risks like this in leading runaway slaves to freedom. As a former slave, Tubman made it her life's work to fight slavery and, through her work on the Underground Railroad, she became an American hero.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Stein creates a nice account of the life of Harriet Tubman, a woman who overcame many obstacles in order to help slaves find a way to freedom. Tubman was born a slave in Maryland in the early 1820s. She was given the name of Araminta Ross and called Minty. She was the fifth of nine children, all of whom were slaves. When she was only five years old, she was "hired out" to a woman known as Miss Susan. Her job was to watch Miss Susan's baby. If the baby cried, Minty was beaten. After working for this unkind woman, Minty was sent home where she did household chores and walked in the forest that became her sanctuary. In 1844, she married a man named John Tubman and changed her first name to Harriet. Tubman was sad at the large number of slaves being sold to cotton-producing states in the Deep South. She did not want to be sold, so she ran away and settled in Philadelphia. In 1950, the Fugitive Slave Act was passed. requiring police to arrest slaves anywhere in the country. Even though it was dangerous, Tubman returned to Maryland to help her niece and her family escape. She helped many slaves in the years to come, averaging one rescue mission a year. As she grew older, she continued to fight for the freedom of slaves, becoming the first American woman to lead men into combat as they raided plantations and freed some eight hundred slaves. Tubman also became active in the women's suffrage movement. In 1896, she bought land in Auburn, New York, so she could open a home for elderly African Americans. Harriet Tubman died on March l0, 1913. She will always be remembered for her efforts to liberate enslaved people. Black-and-white and colored illustrations are included, as well as sidebars, a chronology, chapter notes, glossary, further reading, and Internet addresses. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
VOYA - Chris Carlson
Authors of this series use primary and secondary sources to place well-known American figures in the context of events in the United States during their lifetimes. Each book begins with the description of a significant incident in the person's life. While giving readers insight into how the person was perceived by others who lived at the same time, the authors also present interesting trivia to engage readers. Harriet Tubman's uncanny ability as a master of disguise helped her bring hundreds of slaves to freedom in the North. She worked tirelessly to champion blacks, even serving as a spy in the Civil War. Other titles in this series include Billy the Kid, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jesse James, John Brown, and Johnny Appleseed. Short and visually appealing, these books should attract reluctant readers and serve as a starting point for reports. Each book provides a bibliography of recent books, as well as Web sites that can be accessed for further information. Included is a chronology highlighting not only important dates in the person's life but also important historical events that contribute to a better understanding of the subject of the biography. Reviewer: Chris Carlson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766034815
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Americans—the Spirit of a Nation Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl 7

Chapter 2 Enduring Slavery 9

Chapter 3 The North Star 27

Chapter 4 Riding the Underground Railroad to Glory 40

Chapter 5 The Moses of Her People 55

Chapter 6 A Nation on the Brink of War 74

Chapter 7 War and Aftermath 93

Chapter 8 Reflecting on Harriet Tubman's Life 105

Chronology 114

Chapter Notes 117

Glossary 122

Further Reading 124

Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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