From the award-winning novelist and biographer Beverly Lowry comes an astonishing re-imagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman, the “Moses of Her People.”
Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress, raid leader, nurse, fund-raiser, cook, intelligence gatherer, Underground Railroad organizer, and abolitionist. In Harriet Tubman, Lowry creates a portrait enriched with lively imagined vignettes that transform the legendary icon into flesh and blood. We travel with Tubman on slave-freeing raids in the heart of the Confederacy, along the treacherous route of the Underground Railroad, and onto the battlefields of the Civil War. Integrating extensive research and interviews with scholars and historians into a rich and mesmerizing chronicle, Lowry brings an American hero to life as never before.
Though she insists her work is not scholarly, Lowry s dramatic retelling seems thoroughly researched, and she succeeds in animating the icon that Tubman helped to make of herself. I am as proud of being a black woman, she told the conductor of the train where she was beaten, as you are of being white. That pride shines through in the marvelous photographs of Tubman that illustrate the book images that, amplifying Lowry s words, show forth her indomitable desire to be herself in freedom.