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Tubman, Harriet Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman / by Sarah H. Bradford

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06840 Author/Creator: Tubman, Harriet Place Written: Auburn, New York Type: Books Date: 1869 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: First edition printed by Moses. The story of Tubman, an escaped slave who became a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. She made more than nineteen trips into the south, rescuing 300 people. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse and spy. Royalties from this book paid off the mortgage on her home when she married Nelson Davis, an African American Civil War veteran. Exlibris stamp of the Phillis Wheatley Library. Blockson Collection 3950, Schomburg 326.93-B. Including engraving of Tubman.

People: Tubman, Harriet
Bradford, Sarah H.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Underground Railroad, Fugitive Slave Act, Runaway Slave, African American Author, Woman Author, Women's History

Sub Era: Reconstruction African Americans and Emancipation The American Civil War