Marching Women’s History: Moses of her People

title: Biography: Harriet Tubman

author: Kem Knapp Sawyer

date: DK Publishing; 2010

“There was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; If I could not have one, I would have the other.” ~Harriet Tubman

I love DK books and will buy just about anything they publish. Buying the Biography of Harriet Tubman proved to be no mistake! Most books about Tubman dwell on her time with the underground railroad but this slim volume actually traces Tubman’s life from its ancestral roots with the Ashanti people of West Africa through her death at age 91. Historic and geographic evidence provides readers with an understanding of what Tubman endured, and why. Photographs are provided where possible but so are drawings, documents and maps.

from the jacket:

Harriet Tubman was born into a world most of us can barely imagine. As a slave on a plantation, she could be whipped, beaten, or separated from her family at any time, based only on the whims of her owners. In 1849, she decided she’d had enough–risking her life, she escaped to the free state of Pennsylvania. But in the end, gaining her own liberty was not enough for her. Over the course of the next decade, she embarked on a series of missions to guide other slaves to freedom, earning her the nickname “Moses” and a reputation as one of the foremost antislavery activists in American history.

Although she struggled with financial difficulties after the war, she continued to work for the rights of Blacks and women, adopted a child and opened the Harriet Tubman home to care for the aged. When she could no longer care for herself, she moved into the Tubman Home where she spent the remainder of her days.

“Regardless of how impossible a task might seem…she tackled it with determination to win.”

~Harriet’s grandniece Alice Bricker