A Library Journal Best Reference Book of 2022Harriet Ross Tubman, born enslaved in Maryland emerged from the most oppressive of conditions to lead others to freedom along the Underground Railroad and then continue her fight against slavery on the battlefields of the Civil War. During the last fifty years of her life in New York she campaigned for voting and civil rights, became an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, community organizer and leader.
Harriet Tubman: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works captures her life, her works, and legacy. It features a chronology, an introduction offers a brief account of her life, a dictionary section lists entries on people, places, and events central to Tubman’s life as an enslaved person, liberator, abolitionist, soldier, spy, wife, mother, and public figure, and includes the most recent research findings and the latest efforts to memorialize her.
Kate Clifford Larson is the bestselling and award-winning author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero and Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, among other books. A specialist in Women’s and African American history, Larson has consulted on museum exhibits, feature film scripts, documentaries, public history initiatives, and is frequently appeared interviewed on national and international media outlets.
Maps of Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad Routes
Genealogy of the Ross Family
About the Author
Tubman scholar Larson’s latest is a compendium of the most important people, places, and events associated with Tubman as well as an insightful depiction of slavery and its tragic consequences…. Entries are supplemented by pictures and assorted compelling visuals, such as a reward poster for the return of runaways. Four of the six appendices are essential primary documents, including a register of Tubman’s Underground Railroad rescue missions, an 1839 inventory of enslaved people of a prominent enslaver, famous Tubman quotes and speech fragments, and the earliest published interviews and biographical essays on Tubman. The remaining appendices cover myths about the Underground Railroad and Tubman. The writing is judicious but informative, accurately depicting the remarkable achievements of this true hero. This definitive testament to Tubman’s life and works will appeal to all readers. An indispensable resource for those interested in learning more about enslavement, women’s studies, and 19th-century American history.
2/10/22, Choice: This book was featured in a roundup of upcoming titles in African American studies for 2022.
12/6/2, 2Library Journal: This book was highlighted as a “best book of the month.”