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First Edition   ©2013

Harriet Tubman and the Fight for Freedom

A Brief History with Documents

Lois E. Horton (George Mason University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-46451-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-312-46451-6
  • Paper Text , 208 pages

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Harriet Tubman is a legendary figure in the history of American slavery and the Underground Railroad. In the introduction to this compelling volume, Lois Horton reveals the woman behind the legend and addresses the ways in which Tubman's mythic status emerged in her own lifetime and beyond. Going beyond mere biography, Horton weaves through Tubman's story the larger history of slavery, the antislavery movement, the Underground Railroad, the increasing sectionalism of the pre-Civil War era, as well as the war and post-war Reconstruction. A rich collection of accompanying documents — including the Fugitive Slave Acts, letters, newspaper articles, advertisements and tributes to Tubman — shed light on Tubman's relationships with key abolitionist figures such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison; her role in the women's rights movement; and her efforts on behalf of fugitive slaves and freed blacks through the Civil War and beyond. A chronology of Tubman's life, along with questions for consideration and a selected bibliography, enhance this important volume.
"While students will probably have a vague idea of Tubman's work in the Underground Railroad, Horton does a wonderful job of helping students understand the fullness of Tubman's life and work — her experiences as a slave, her relationships with leading abolitionists, her bravery in assisting northern fugitive slaves, and her courageous work during the Civil War."

— Trisha Posey, John Brown University