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Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring…

Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for…

by Thomas B. Allen

Other authors: Carla Bauer (Illustrator)

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I'll read anything about Harriet Tubman, but this book in particular caught my eye because it's not a bigraphy, per se, but focuses more on her role as spy during the Civil War. Included are small stories about other slaves who worked as spies, often risky life and freedom in doing so. The book is cleverly designed, using pictures and script reminiscent of the time. Quick and easy, with clear prose and exciting stories, I'd recommend this to anyone interested in a starting point for further research. In particular, this would be an excellent read for elementary age children who are interested in the Civil War and Slavery ( )
  empress8411 | Sep 9, 2013 |
I liked the different perspective of this book then I was used to. I enjoyed reading about the stories when Harriet Tubman was a Union spy during the Civil War. I had never really heard stories of this aspect of Harriet Tubman's life. There are nice pictures throughout the book that help with the story. ( )
  racheich | Jan 28, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0792278895, Hardcover)

It's 1863. Harriet Tubman is facing one of the biggest—and most dangerous— challenges of her life. She has survived her master's lash, escaped from slavery, and risked her life countless times to lead runaway slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Now she has a new role—that of Union spy! The outcome of a secret night raid deep into Confederate territory depends on the accuracy of the intelligence she and other black spies have gathered. Success will mean freedom for hundreds of slaves. Failure will mean death by hanging.

You are about to enter the undercover world of African-American spies—enslaved and free—risking everything in the name of freedom. How were the Underground Railroad and slave songs used to pass secret messages? What were "contrabands" and "Black Dispatches?" What did Harriet have in common with the Secret Six and a maidservant in the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis? You'll discover these answers and more as the action unfolds.

Thomas B. Allen, author of the award-winning George Washington, Spymaster, has sifted through military and intelligence archives, diaries, and little-known memoirs from ex-slaves to bring to light new facts about the role Harriet and other black spies played in helping the Union win the war.

This detailed account combined with powerful archival images supplemented with woodcuts by Carla Bauer, maps, a time line, footnotes, and extensive quote sources make this incredibly detailed account an excellent resource for report writing as well as an exciting true-life adventure.

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As he did in his highly acclaimed George Washington, Spymaster, author Thomas B. Allen digs back through historical records to present a famous historical figure in a new light. Readers discover that Harriet Tubman--well-known to them as an ex-slave who led hundreds of her people to freedom along the Underground Railroad--was also a spy for the Union Army. More specifically she worked behind Confederate lines in South Carolina getting information about troop movement and Rebel fortifications from slaves that she was leading to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She also recruited former slaves for Colonel James Montgomery, a Union officer who was raising an all-black brigade for a raid up the Combahee River to attack plantations in South Carolina. Thanks to information obtained by Tubman and her black recruits Montgomery's men along with Tubman managed to elude Rebel torpedoes and swarm ashore. They destroyed a Confederate supply depot, torched homes and warehouses, and freed more than 750 plantation slaves. The report on the raid to Lincoln's Secretary of War stated: "This is the only military command in American history wherein a woman, black or white, led the raid and under whose inspiration it was originated and conducted." This action is set within the context of Tubman's background as a slave in Maryland, her daring escape, her work with the Underground Railroad, and her association with John Brown and other abolitionists, all of which helps make her the invaluable scout (spy) known to the Union Army as Moses.… (more)

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