Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom Book Summary and Study Guide

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Little, Brown, Jan 2004, 27.95, 272 pp.
ISBN: 0316144924

THE ROAD TO FREEDOM is a superb account of the American “Black Moses”, Harriet Tubman. The book actually opens with Ms. Tubman's last major public endeavor surprisingly (at least to this author) occurring in 1908 long after her famous role as an engineer of the Underground Railroad. The bio then shifts back to the early nineteenth century as Ms Tubman is born during ironically the “Era of Good Feeling” as a slave in Maryland. It follows her as she marries John Tubman, flees to Canada without him, joins John Brown, works as a Civil War nurse and spy, and of course the Underground Railroad.. Of interest is that Ms. Tubman not only advocated racial freedom, she championed women's suffrage.
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Ms. Tubman's salad days lack insightful personal information due to her slave status and a 1850s fire. Therefore Ms. Clinton provides a general look at conditions for slaves in Eastern Shore, Maryland. This generalization enables the audience to infer how Harriet probably lived in her early years. Deeper insight is provided to her middle and later years this is a suburb account that biography readers will appreciate because it is well written, easy to follow, and loaded with plenty on interesting detail about a genuine American hero. Though the author too easily accepts the “legendary” Tubman as gospel, HARRIET TUBMAN: THE ROAD TO FREEDOM is an endearing educational and entertaining book that history buffs and biography aficionados will enjoy.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights    -   slavery Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   American


United States    -   Yes The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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