Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent

Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent

How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War

Book - 2006
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It's 1863. Harriet Tubman is facing one of the biggest--and most dangerous-- challenges of her life. She has survived her master's lash, escaped from slavery, and risked her life countless times to lead runaway slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Now she has a new role--that of Union spy! The outcome of a secret night raid deep into Confederate territory depends on the accuracy of the intelligence she and other black spies have gathered. Success will mean freedom for hundreds of slaves. Failure will mean death by hanging.

You are about to enter the undercover world of African-American spies--enslaved and free--risking everything in the name of freedom. How were the Underground Railroad and slave songs used to pass secret messages? What were "contrabands" and "Black Dispatches?" What did Harriet have in common with the Secret Six and a maidservant in the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis? You'll discover these answers and more as the action unfolds.

Thomas B. Allen, author of the award-winning George Washington, Spymaster, has sifted through military and intelligence archives, diaries, and little-known memoirs from ex-slaves to bring to light new facts about the role Harriet and other black spies played in helping the Union win the war.

This detailed account combined with powerful archival images supplemented with woodcuts by Carla Bauer, maps, a time line, footnotes, and extensive quote sources make this incredibly detailed account an excellent resource for report writing as well as an exciting true-life adventure.

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Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2006.
ISBN: 9780792278900
9780792278894
0792278909
0792278895
Branch Call Number: 973.7115 A431
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill., map.
Additional Contributors: Bauer, Carla

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griffilx
Jun 23, 2015

This is a great book that providing hair-raising details about Harriet Tubman's childhool on through to her marriage and subsequent escape from the bowels of hell (my words) known as "slavery in America". In addition to Harriets great accomplishments rescuing others from slavery, the book further explores her other pursuits as a secret agent and military leader. Finally, the book gives great insight about what was happening with the President, Congress, military leaders and towns people other heroes and heroins during time period. This book provides primary source documentation, maps, historical paintings, photographs and more. It is a fascinating read.

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