Monday, March 9, 2009

This Day in History: Harriet Tubman

Tomorrow commemorates the anniversary of the death of famed African-American abolitionist and women's right advocate Harriet Tubman (1913). This former slave helped numerous other slaves escape bondage through the network of safehouses known as the Underground Railroad. Tubman even fought in the Civil War as a spy for the Union Army. After her death, she was buried with military honors.

To learn about this inspiring woman's life, take a look at some Library materials:

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
by Catherine Clinton
E 444 .T82 C57 2004 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Bound for the promised land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero
by Kate Clifford Larson
E 444 .T82 L37 2004 Stacks

Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories
by Jean McMahon Humez
E 444 .T82 H86 2003 Stacks

Harriet Tubman
by Sarah H. Bradford
E 444 .T894 Stacks

Databases:
The African-American Experience: Search the name Tubman to find numerous encyclopedia articles discussing her life. There are even primary sources (documents written when Tubman was alive) and photographs, such as the one pictured above.

History Resource Center U.S.: Run a People search on Tubman to find more biographies, plus articles about her.

Search the general periodicals databases ProQuest and EBSCOhost to find various articles about Tubman that were published in modern magazines, journals and newspapers.

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