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Publishers WeeklyIn her first solo effort, sociology professor Marks (co-author, The Power of Pride) explores the overlapping lives of three radicals, Harriet Tubman, Patty Cannon, and Anna Ella Carroll, during the tumultuous early years of the 19th century. Marks presents an impressive array of information regarding these women, though a lack of historical records from the time period has forced Marks to make some educated guesses and incorporate some unsubstantiated tales, particularly regarding notorious criminal Cannon, linked to gangs that both murdered free slaves, and sold them back into slavery. She finds much more documentary evidence on two other history-changers, Underground Railroad hero Tubman (known as "Moses of her people") and reformed Maryland slave owner Carroll. Marks's attention to detail is exhilarating, leaving few questions unanswered. Buttressed by cogent speculations, Marks's narrative is a fun and empowering history of true U.S. radicals. 12 b&w photos.
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