Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

by Catherine Clinton
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Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton

Celebrated for her courageous exploits as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman has entered history as one of nineteenth-century America's most enduring and important figures. But just who was this remarkable woman? To John Brown, leader of the Harpers Ferry slave uprising, she was General Tubman. For the many slaves she led north to freedom, she was Moses. To the slaveholders who sought her capture, she was a thief and a trickster. To abolitionists, she was a prophet. Now, in a biography widely praised for its impeccable research and its compelling narrative, Harriet Tubman is revealed for the first time as a singular and complex character, a woman who defied simple categorization.

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ISBN-13: 9780316155946
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 75,059
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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Harriet Tubman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
historybuffJC1 More than 1 year ago
After years of reading the juvenile versions of Harriet Tubman's life to my students, I wanted to know the REAL story. This was exactly what I was looking for. It was very well researched with a lot of details about her family, friends, and aquaintances, as well as the many areas where she lived and worked. I was amazed to discover that she was way more than a conductor on the Underground Railroad (as amazing as that is in itself), but was also a nurse, spy and even a leader in a major invasion in the southern states. I liked the way the author admitted when there were historical gaps in what is actually known and supplied the reader with facts that are known about the time instead of "imagining" things to fill the void. There are certainly enough interesting facts in this book without making any up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing how so much information could be included in a story that depicts Harriet Tubman's heroic life with such sensitivity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, enlightening, & informative. It did seem to me that it got slightly off topic at times, talking a lot about slavery & the Civil War & taking quite while lbefore it explained how what it said related to Tubman (if it ever did). I even think there may have been a chapter that never once said her name! But that may just be me...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is impressive and a terrific read, a very well written nonfiction work. There's also a wonderful fictionalized account in novel form of the life of Harriet Tubman. It's 'Home, Miss Moses.' Check that one out as well. It's well worth it. I loved them both.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I am a High School Sophomore and I had to read this book for a research project. I didn't expect to enjoy this book because of the length, but with that being said I surprisingly liked it. I had briefly learned about Harriet Tubman in elementary school, but I never really knew how much of an impact she had on the U.S. during the times of slavery. Something was always going on and there was never a dull moment in her life. Although this was like reading a history book I enjoyed learning about how strong of a woman Tubman was. This made me want to meet her because of how brave and courageous she was. This was exactly the kind of book I was looking for and further helped me understand the times of slavery for my research project.
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It took a long time to get the book going but for a biography it was good
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THE ROAD TO FREEDOM is a superb account of the American ¿Black Moses¿, Harriet Tubman. The book actually opens with Ms. Tubman¿s last major public endeavor surprisingly (at least to this author) occurring in 1908 long after her famous role as an engineer of the Underground Railroad. The bio then shifts back to the early nineteenth century as Ms Tubman is born during ironically the ¿Era of Good Feeling¿ as a slave in Maryland. It follows her as she marries John Tubman, flees to Canada without him, joins John Brown, works as a Civil War nurse and spy, and of course the Underground Railroad.. Of interest is that Ms. Tubman not only advocated racial freedom, she championed women's suffrage.

Ms. Tubman¿s salad days lack insightful personal information due to her slave status and a 1850s fire. Therefore Ms. Clinton provides a general look at conditions for slaves in Eastern Shore, Maryland. This generalization enables the audience to infer how Harriet probably lived in her early years. Deeper insight is provided to her middle and later years this is a suburb account that biography readers will appreciate because it is well written, easy to follow, and loaded with plenty on interesting detail about a genuine American hero. Though the author too easily accepts the ¿legendary¿ Tubman as gospel, HARRIET TUBMAN: THE ROAD TO FREEDOM is an endearing educational and entertaining book that history buffs and biography aficionados will enjoy.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slavery is such a sad time. In colonial times there was STILL SLAVERY and people think slavery is a joke but it's not. It's not funny AT ALL slavery is ju- ju- just very mordifing and people laugh it's not funny at all. Some slaves were raped( to be forced to have SEX with your boss or master to have SEX SEX SEX and Harriet Tubman tryed to stop that slavery nonscence by going to the Underground Railroad and they put out posters because Harriet escaped annd they tryed to find her but then she got away from slavery !!!!! Harriet Tubman got other slaves out too but then if anyone got scared and turned back she would put a gun to their head and then she would tell them" your going to stay because you'll die from them because them masters will kill you so don't you dare go back!" So Harriet Tubman didn't take NO STUFF!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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