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Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground…

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

by Ann Petry

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  BRCSBooks | Oct 2, 2013 |
Harriet Tubman, one of the most admirable figures in American history, is the subject of this moving biography. Beginning with descriptions of the slave quarter Harriet was born into, this biography follows her life and ends with a description of one of the monuments commemorating her in Auburn, NY. The narrative is moving, well paced, and engaging. Italicized text at the end of each chapter give a picture of historical events in the U.S. beyond Tubman's immediate story. In the audio, the transition is jarring, despite extraordinary voice talent. Slightly troubling is the lack of a bibliography and creative nonfiction of conversations between the people presented. The book is worth a read, but is not a necessary addition to collections where Tubman is already represented by more authoritative texts. ( )
  MissyAnn | Aug 29, 2011 |
I did not have enough time to read this whole book. But I did read enough to know that it was a really sad book. there was a part in the story where it said that harriet would have to get sent a way with a lot of other slaves, and leave her family ( which included ten brothers and sisters) so she was praying and saying to kill the master so she would not have to get sent away, then the next week the master died.
  eaevans | Dec 11, 2008 |
"Go free or die" was what Harriet Tubman told reluctant runaway slaves. Short, strong, and brave "Moses," as she was called led over 300 people out of Maryland into Delaware and then on to Pennsylvania and then on to Canada. James does an excellent job of bringing Harriet's voice and that of other slaves, slaveholders, and abolitionists. ( )
  MaowangVater | May 9, 2007 |
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This book can be used in Black History Month (February). It is also very useful to teach a lesson on biographies. I really respect Harriet Tubman's message and would love to incorporate her into my classroom.
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This classic biography, called "unusually well written and moving" by Horn Book, is a vivid and accessible portrait of one of America's most inspiring heroes. The story of the courageous woman who guided over 300 slaves to freedom is told "with insight, style and a fine narrative skill," wrote the New York Times.

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Born a slave, Harriet Tubman dreamed of freedom. And through hard work and her willingness to risk everything-including her life-she was able to make that dream come true.But after making her escape, Harriet realized that her own freedom was not enough. So she became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and devoted her life to helping others make the journey out of bondage. An invisible threat to plantation owners, she served as a symbol of strength and inspiration for her people. She was the legendary "Moses," delivering hundreds from the desert of slavery.With indisputable narrative skill, Ann Petry recreates the life of a woman of great strength, bravery, and unshakeable moral fiber.… (more)

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