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Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (edició 2003)

de Kate Clifford Larson (Autor)

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Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside from juvenile biographies. The truth about Harriet Tubman has become lost inside a legend woven of racial and gender stereotypes. Now at last, in this long-overdue biography, historian Kate Clifford Larson gives Harriet Tubman the powerful, intimate, meticulously detailed life she deserves. Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman— brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of the West African Gold Coast, Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but refused to spend her life in bondage. While still a young woman she embarked on a perilous journey of self-liberation—and then, having won her own freedom, she returned again and again to liberate family and friends, tapping into the Underground Railroad. Yet despite her success, her celebrity, her close ties with Northern politicians and abolitionists, Tubman suffered crushing physical pain and emotional setbacks. Stripping away myths and misconceptions, Larson presents stunning new details about Tubman’s accomplishments, personal life, and influence, including her relationship with Frederick Douglass, her involvement with John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, and revelations about a young woman who may have been Tubman’s daughter. Here too are Tubman’s twilight years after the war, when she worked for women’s rights and in support of her fellow blacks, and when racist politicians and suffragists marginalized her contribution. Harriet Tubman, her life and her work, remain an inspiration to all who value freedom. Now, thanks to Larson’s breathtaking biography, we can finally appreciate Tubman as a complete human being—an American hero, yes, but also a woman who loved, suffered, and sacrificed.Bound for the Promised Landis a magnificent work of biography, history, and truth telling.… (més)
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Títol:Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero
Autors:Kate Clifford Larson (Autor)
Informació:Ballantine Books (2003), Edition: 1, 432 pages
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Harriet Tubman stated that on the Underground Railroad she never ran her train off the track and never lost a passenger. But the strong, young, enslaved woman who took off from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to freedom in Pennsylvania and then returned time and time again to free her relatives, friends, and anyone else who was willing to escape slavery, was much more than a conductor on the Underground Railroad. She was also a mystic, a master of disguise and a spy, recruiter, nurse, and laundress for the Union Army during the Civil War. She was a close friend of Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Secretary of State William Seward, Lucretia Coffin Mott, Susan B. Anthony and other leaders in the Abolitionist and Woman’s Suffrage movement, and a tireless fundraiser for both causes.

John Brown referred to her as “General,” because of the qualities he saw in her: military leadership, organizing and recruiting skills. Four years after Brown’s execution in 1859 for his failed raid on Harpers Ferry, “On June 1, 1863 Tubman became the first woman to plan and execute an armed expedition during the Civil War.” She led a raid with three Union gunboats up the Combahee River in South Carolina to attack Confederate warehouses and stockpiles of grain. In addition to the stores destroyed in the raid, 756 slaves rushed to the gunboats eager to be taken as contraband. Most of whom then volunteered to join the United States Army.

Immediately after the war, she worked in Virginia as a nurse tending wounded soldiers, before returning to her home in Auburn, New York, where she continued to care for her parents, adopted daughter, and took in anyone who was down and out, especially former slaves. She worked as a speaker and fundraiser for Woman’s Suffrage, and civil rights for the newly emancipated citizens following the backlash of racism and violence that erupted following the end of Reconstruction. She continued to work to support herself and her household as a farmer, brickmaker or whatever she could do to make ends meet. Although a skillful fundraiser for causes that she believed in and fought for, she also gave away her own money to anyone who needed some, despite the urging of many of her prominent friends and supporters to keep some for herself.

When she died in 1913 her fame and place in American history was already established, but her reputation and importance, waxed and waned with time. Although she continued to be celebrated in children’s books throughout the twentieth century, only one biography for adult readers was published in 1943 after its author had been turned down by multiple prominent publishers who felt that there would be no market for it. Larson’s twenty-first century biography, so well written, and exhaustively researched is a joy for readers. It fills in much that was left out of earlier, and sometimes inaccurate, accounts of Tubman’s life. ( )
  MaowangVater | Sep 18, 2021 |
I LOVED this book!
The author's focus on Harriet and her community was beautifully done.
I can not reccomend this biography highly enough. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
This is a scholarly work which reads like a novel. The author's voice is precise, factual and clear without being erudite or pendantic. It is very well researched. The notes are for posterity, demonstrating the diligence and perseverance deserving of high acclaim!

This book reveals a true American hero. It also unmasks how culture can both destroy a necessary lesson and be so cruel to the true heroes among us. The few bits of analysis are wise and profound. Managing and correcting names and places is always hard in a biography or history book. Ms. Larson handled this with ease, outstanding clarity and repetition sufficient to follow. The maps could have been better with more detail. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
amazing information about what slavery was like for one woman; clear that individual stories varied greatly; and what escaping was like Kind of drags in the part about her later years. ( )
  margaretfield | May 29, 2018 |
I loved this well researched story of Harriet Tubman's life and work. I felt as though I had a privileged insight into the woman who fought such a courageous & dangerous battle for her people.. The book was well written and so interesting I couldn't put it down. I bought it while in Cambridge, MD where Harriet grew up as a small child in slavery. A gentleman in the small museum dedicated to her, recommended this book to me and I am so glad he did. ( )
  suzysunshine | Feb 1, 2010 |
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Rises from their anguish and their power,
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Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside from juvenile biographies. The truth about Harriet Tubman has become lost inside a legend woven of racial and gender stereotypes. Now at last, in this long-overdue biography, historian Kate Clifford Larson gives Harriet Tubman the powerful, intimate, meticulously detailed life she deserves. Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman— brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of the West African Gold Coast, Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but refused to spend her life in bondage. While still a young woman she embarked on a perilous journey of self-liberation—and then, having won her own freedom, she returned again and again to liberate family and friends, tapping into the Underground Railroad. Yet despite her success, her celebrity, her close ties with Northern politicians and abolitionists, Tubman suffered crushing physical pain and emotional setbacks. Stripping away myths and misconceptions, Larson presents stunning new details about Tubman’s accomplishments, personal life, and influence, including her relationship with Frederick Douglass, her involvement with John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, and revelations about a young woman who may have been Tubman’s daughter. Here too are Tubman’s twilight years after the war, when she worked for women’s rights and in support of her fellow blacks, and when racist politicians and suffragists marginalized her contribution. Harriet Tubman, her life and her work, remain an inspiration to all who value freedom. Now, thanks to Larson’s breathtaking biography, we can finally appreciate Tubman as a complete human being—an American hero, yes, but also a woman who loved, suffered, and sacrificed.Bound for the Promised Landis a magnificent work of biography, history, and truth telling.

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