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Harriet, the Moses of Her People   By: (1818-)

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Harriet, the Moses of Her People by Sarah H. Bradford is a truly captivating and inspiring biography that delves into the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman. Written with great detail and passion, this book sheds light on the immense courage and determination of one of America's greatest heroines.

Sarah H. Bradford's writing style is both engaging and informative, allowing readers to truly connect with Harriet Tubman's remarkable journey from slavery to freedom. The vivid descriptions of Tubman's early life as a slave provide a harrowing backdrop, highlighting the unimaginable hardships and injustice endured by African Americans during that era.

What sets this biography apart is how it delves into Tubman's transformation from a victim of oppression to an extraordinarily brave conductor on the Underground Railroad. The author skillfully recounts Tubman's fearless efforts in leading countless slaves to freedom, her strategic planning, and her unwavering commitment to the abolitionist cause.

Bradford employs a well-researched approach, drawing from various historical documents and personal accounts to paint a comprehensive picture of Tubman's life. The book also includes detailed interviews with Tubman herself, adding a touch of authenticity and personal connection to the narrative.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this biography is Bradford's ability to capture the essence of Tubman's character. Tubman emerges as a formidable and unyielding force, driven by a deep sense of justice and an unwavering belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings. The courage she exhibited throughout her life is both awe-inspiring and humbling.

Furthermore, the book delves into Tubman's involvement in the Civil War as a nurse, spy, and scout for the Union Army. These chapters shed further light on her profound contributions to the cause of freedom and her unwavering dedication to advocating for the rights of African Americans.

If there's one minor criticism of this biography, it would be that at times, Bradford's language can be overly romanticized. However, this does not detract from the overall impact and importance of the story she tells.

In conclusion, Harriet, the Moses of Her People stands as a testament to the extraordinary life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. Sarah H. Bradford's meticulous research and captivating storytelling ensure that readers are not only educated but also deeply moved by Tubman's incredible journey. This book is an essential read for anyone interested in the history of slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the indomitable spirit of those who fought against injustice.

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[Illustration: Letter from Susan B. Anthony, January, 1903.]





"Farewell, ole Marster, don't think hard of me, I'm going on to Canada, where all de slaves are free."

"Jesus, Jesus will go wid you, He will lead you to His throne, He who died has gone before you, Trod de wine press all alone."



The title I have given my black heroine, in this second edition of her story, viz.: THE MOSES OF HER PEOPLE, may seem a little ambitious, considering that this Moses was a woman, and that she succeeded in piloting only three or four hundred slaves from the land of bondage to the land of freedom.

But I only give her here the name by which she was familiarly known, both at the North and the South, during the years of terror of the Fugitive Slave Law, and during our last Civil War, in both of which she took so prominent a part.

And though the results of her unexampled heroism were not to free a whole nation of bond men and bond women, yet this object was as much the desire of her heart, as it was of that of the great leader of Israel. Her cry to the slave holders, was ever like his to Pharaoh, "Let my people go!" and not even he imperiled life and limb more willingly, than did our courageous and self sacrificing friend... Continue reading book >>

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