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Harriet the Moses of Her People Hardcover – 10 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (10 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1169231616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1169231610
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made more than nineteen missions to rescue more than 300 slaves[1] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage. As a child in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten by masters to whom she was hired out. Early in her life, she suffered a severe head wound when hit by a heavy metal weight. The injury caused disabling seizures, narcoleptic attacks, headaches, and powerful visionary and dream experiences, which occurred throughout her life. A devout Christian, Tubman ascribed the visions and vivid dreams to revelations from God. In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was called) "never lost a passenger".[2] Large rewards were offered for the return of many of the fugitive slaves, but no one then knew that Tubman was the one helping them. When the Southern-dominated Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, requiring law officials in free states to aid efforts to recapture slaves, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada, where slavery had been abolished in 1834. When the American Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina. After the war, she retired to the family home in Auburn, New York, where she cared for her aging parents. She became active in the women's suffrage movement in New York until illness overtook her. Near the end of her life, she lived in a home for elderly African Americans that she had helped found years earlier. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on 11 May 2013
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Interesting, encouraging and amusing. One of the best books I have read. Would recommend this to those that feel like giving up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Mar. 2014
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I loved this book, I was not aware of all the work Harriet Tubman had done for her people. Excellent book to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Scott on 24 Nov. 2013
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This book is written in a way that makes you feel that you are there with Harriet Tubman, hiding and trying to stay alive while saving her people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Nov. 2013
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An excellent read a marvellous woman an escaped slave worked for the Union to end slavery and after the war worked for women's suffrage.
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By ejcw on 3 July 2014
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An amazing women but this biography is hastily and poorly written (at the author's own admission) specifically to allow Harriet to earn enough money to save her house (and parents' home) from being sold. It's fascinating nonetheless.
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By Eva Marsh on 3 Jun. 2014
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what a lady, it was quiet inspiring to read this book, her faith was some thing to desire. yes I would recommend this book
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