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Harriet Tubman
Bentley, Judith.
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New York : F. Watts, 1990.
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144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Details Harriet Tubman's life, experiences, and efforts to aid slaves in escaping to the North, as well as her assistance to the Union cause during the Civil War.
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E444.T82 B46 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
E444.T82 B46 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E444.T82 B46 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Details Harriet Tubman's life, experiences, and efforts to aid slaves in escaping to the North, as well as her assistance to the Union cause during the Civil War.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 8-12. For the Impact series, Bentley provides a lively, authoritative biography of Tubman from childhood through her Underground Railroad and Civil War accomplishments to her death in 1913. Throughout the book, numerous quotations from Tubman and her contemporaries bring the account to life without interrupting the narrative flow. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions of maps, paintings, engravings, and sculpture illustrate the text effectively. The author indicates the challenge of researching and writing biography in her "Note on Research"; extensive source notes along with an index, a bibliography, and a list of suggested books for further reading are appended.Gr. 6-8. Although writing for a younger audience, Taylor's approach to Tubman's life is similar to Bentley's in many respects. Like Bentley, Taylor relies on narrative and quotations to bring Tubman's dramatic story to life. In many cases, the same quotations and photographs appear in both books, although the shorter text and series format of Taylor's book allow placement of at least one photo on each double-page spread, making it more attractive to younger or less experienced readers. While no source notes are included, a chronology, an index, and a list of books for further reading are appended. ~--Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8-12-- A book that does a nice job of filling the gap between biographies of Tubman aimed at upper elementary or junior-high students and those of a more scholarly nature. Bentley portrays a very human Tubman, an abused child who grew up with an overwhelming vision to free her people from slavery. Her upbringing on southern plantations at the mercy of white owners is dealt with thoroughly yet concisely, with emphasis on the effect of that difficult childhood on her adult mission. Tubman's courage first in her own escape, and then in going back to the South time after time, bringing 300 others to freedom, is poignantly portrayed, with enough thrilling details of dangerous moments to make this interesting reading without lapsing into melodrama. Bentley footnotes extensively, and draws from many first-hand sources. She does not relate Tubman's story in a vacuum, but includes a good deal of information on the abolition movement and events of the Civil War. While some prior knowledge of troop movements and battles would help readers, these details enhance, rather then encumber, Tubman's story. Ann Petry's Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad (Crowell, 1955) has been a standard selection on Tubman, and Bentley updates it nicely for today's readers. Dorothy Sterling's Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman (Scholastic, 1987) is for a younger audience. --Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.