• Bound for the Promised Land

  • Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero
  • By: Kate Clifford Larson
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-11-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (1 rating)

Summary

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 century 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 Asante people of the 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 in to the Underground Railroad. Yet despite her success, her celebrity, and 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 Land is a magnificent work of biography, history, and truth telling.
©2015 Kate Clifford Larson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By L. K. Lorimer on 09-09-18

Sad that we know so little

The book is mostly about the times around Tubman. Regrettably this wonderful life has been mostly lost as so little first hand information was recorded. The story is as good as it can be given the limitations.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 15-08-18

Narration is problematic

I like the book. It's one of many Harriet Tubman books I am reading to get a sense of her incredible life. There are moments when I have disagreements with the author's assessment of history. But all in all, I value the text.

I have some issues with the narration. The narrator tries to imitate Harriet Tubman's voice. The imitation is awful. It sounds like a character from a minstrel show. I can't get past it. It's offensive. I wish she just read the words and did not try to sound like her interpretation of a black slave. I mean, Harriet Tubman was from Maryland. The narrator gives her a southern accent. The interpretation was not necessary. It's like if some one read Voltaire's works in the voice of Pepe Le Pew.

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