Harriet Tubman: Riding The Freedom Train

Harriet Tubman: Riding The Freedom Train

by Rose J. Blue

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is hard to think about the liberation of the slaves and the Underground Railroad and not think about Harriet Tubman. This indomitable, brave and remarkable woman is certainly the most famous of the 'conductors' of this strange railway. Harriet risked her life many times over to get slaves away from their masters and to places where they could live as free people. What this book unfortunately touches on only briefly is the work that Harriet did during the civil war. During these turbulent and frightening times, Harriet acted as a guide, nurse and spy. It would be interesting to learn what she did in these capacities and how she managed to do it all without getting caught. What the author does show us very well is the sheer determination that this little woman had. Harriet was not a strong person, being prone to seizures and illness in general, and yet she never stopped trying to help black people in any way that she could. Throughout the book the reader will find color and black and white photographs, illustrations and maps. In the back of the book there is a timeline of Harriet Tubman's life, a bibliography, a "Further Information" section, and an index. This is one of the "Gateway Biography" books. 2003, Millbrook Press,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This informative book covers Tubman's life from her birth as a slave to her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Important events and contributions in her later years are touched on briefly. Sidebars provide further information on the time period and discuss subjects such as Uncle Tom's Cabin and "The First Black Troops" to fight in the Civil War. A time line and numerous black-and-white and color photographs and reproductions enhance the text. There are no chapter breaks. Though this is a suitable introduction to Tubman, libraries with abundant materials on her will find it an additional purchase.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Gateway Biography Ser.
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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