Harriet Tubman: A Biography

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman: A Biography

By William C. Kashatus and James A. McGowan

167 pages, 13 illustrations, bibliography, notes, index
ISBN 978-0-313-34881-5 $35.00 hard cover, 2011.
EBOOK also Available: 978-0-313-34882-2


Harriet Tubman was unconditionally committed to the abolition of slavery by any means, resulting in her willingness to help radical abolitionist John Brown prepare for his Harpers Ferry raid. She was the first woman to lead a military expedition in an American war, and she reinvented herself as a women’s rights pioneer during the last part of her life.

This concise biography of Harriet Tubman, the African American abolitionist, explores her various roles as an Underground Railroad conductor, Civil War scout and nurse, and women’s rights advocate.

The legendary Moses of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman was a fiery and tenacious abolitionist who organized and led African American military operations deep in the Confederacy. Harriet Tubman: A Biography relates the life story of this extraordinary woman, standing as a testament to her tenacity, drive, intelligence, and courage.

In telling the remarkable story of Tubman’s life, the biography examines her early years as Araminta Ross (her birth name), her escape from slavery, her activities as an Underground Railroad conductor, her involvement in the Civil War, and her role as a champion of women’s rights. The book places its heroine in the broad context of her time and the movements in which she was involved, and the narrative shifts between the contextual and the personal to give the reader a strong understanding of Tubman as a woman who was shaped by, and helped to shape, the time in which she lived.


Harriet Tubman is ideal for student research assignments. Kashatus and McGowan have filled a gap in writing this full-length, exhaustingly researched and engaging biography.” – ABC-Clio Greenwood Press

“A solid addition to any community library biography collection, enthusiastically recommended.” – Midwest Book Review