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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Michael Martin
Illustrator:  Bill Anderson , Dave Hoover 
Nonfiction Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 8 to 10
Capstone Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-0736838290

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in around 1820. By the time she was six she was already working as a house servant. Often having to go hungry Harriet frequently worked for people who misused her and like so many other slaves she wished she could escape her miserable life. Harriet knew that running away was a dangerous business and she bided her time.

When she was grown up and married Harriet was sent to work in the fields. One day she heard that she was going to be sold to a southern slave owner. The time had come to run away and Harriet used the system known as the Underground Railway to go north, moving from station to station along the route until she reached Pennsylvania.

Harriet soon found work but she missed her family and worried about them. When he heard that relatives were going to be sold at auction Harriet disguised herself as a man and went south to rescue them. Thus began her career as an Underground Railroad courier. Between 1851 and 1860 Harriet made around nineteen trips into slave states to rescue people and to take them north to freedom.

This is a moving account of the life and work of one of America’s most courageous women. Carefully written to appeal to a young audience, this volume in the “Graphic Library” series is fully illustrated throughout with cartoon style pictures.