Bound for the Promised Land Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero

ISBN-10: 0345456270
ISBN-13: 9780345456274
Edition: 2004
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Description: Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540

Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside from juvenile biographies. The truth about Harriet Tubman has become lost inside a legend woven of racial and gender stereotypes. Now at last, in this long-overdue biography, historian Kate Clifford Larson gives Harriet Tubman the powerful, intimate, meticulously detailed life she deserves. Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman— brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of the West African Gold Coast, Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but refused to spend her life in bondage. While still a young woman she embarked on a perilous journey of self-liberation—and then, having won her own freedom, she returned again and again to liberate family and friends, tapping into the Underground Railroad. Yet despite her success, her celebrity, her close ties with Northern politicians and abolitionists, Tubman suffered crushing physical pain and emotional setbacks. Stripping away myths and misconceptions, Larson presents stunning new details about Tubman’s accomplishments, personal life, and influence, including her relationship with Frederick Douglass, her involvement with John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, and revelations about a young woman who may have been Tubman’s daughter. Here too are Tubman’s twilight years after the war, when she worked for women’s rights and in support of her fellow blacks, and when racist politicians and suffragists marginalized her contribution. Harriet Tubman, her life and her work, remain an inspiration to all who value freedom. Now, thanks to Larson’s breathtaking biography, we can finally appreciate Tubman as a complete human being—an American hero, yes, but also a woman who loved, suffered, and sacrificed. Bound for the Promised Land is a magnificent work of biography, history, and truth telling. From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction
Map: Dorchester County, circa 1800-1860
Map: Harriet Tubman's southern Underground Railroad routes to Philadelphia
Map: Harriet Tubman's northern Underground Railroad routes to freedom
Map: Harriet Tubman's Civil War theater
Life on the Chesapeake in Black and White
Sweet Gum and Prickly Burrs: The Changing World of the Eastern Shore
"Devilish" Mistresses and Harsh Masters: Black Family Life Under the Lash
"Shadow of a Voice in the Talking Leaves": The Hidden World of Black Communication
"Mean to Be Free": The Fragile Light of Liberty
All for the Love of Family
Stampede of Slaves
Moses Meets John Brown
Fractured Family
It was Raining Blood: Harriet Tubman's Civil War
A Hero is Remembered
Myth and Memory
Mother Tubman, the Black Joan of Arc
Ross/Stewart Family Tree
Harriet Tubman Chronology
Notes
Index

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