Monday, 12 October 2015

Harriet Tubman: Wanted Dead or Alive - Hoyt R. Wilson

                As the title implies, this book is about Harriet Tubman, a black slave who escaped and then spent her life helping other slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The book begins with Harriet speaking to a group of ladies gathered in Thomas Garrett’s parlor, himself a key figure in the Underground Railway. The book, although quite short, is fascinating and full of Harriet’s stories about her life and adventures. It is amazing to know that all of them true. The author makes the history interesting and not just fact-based. It’s this style which will entice people to read it and learn about the past. My only wish is that it had been longer because I enjoyed it so much. Mr. Wilson clearly researched this aspect of history thoroughly and gives fascinating details about how the Underground Railway worked. I read this book in digital form and it worked well. The cover fit the subject matter. This is an excellent book and well worth reading.

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