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Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah H. Bradford, written in 1869, is the earliest biography of Tubman that I am aware of. Bradford was already known as an author. Her short biography The ... Read full review
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Page 34 - I'm on my way to Canada, That cold and dreary land; The dire effects of slavery, I can no longer stand. My soul is vexed within me so, To think that I'ma slave; I've now resolved to strike the blow For freedom or the grave.
Page 59 - Read my letter to the old folks, and give my love to them, and tell my brothers to be always watching unto prayer, and when the good old ship of Zion comes along, to be ready to step on board.
Page 28 - Jesus, Jesus will go with you ; He will lead you to his throne ; He who dyed his garments for you, And the...
Page 9 - Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way. You on the other hand have labored in a private way. I have wrought in the day — you in the night.
Page 88 - I was carrying two pigs for a poor sick woman, who had a child to carry, and the order "double quick" was given, and I started to run, stepped on my dress, it being rather long, and fell and tore it almost off, so that when I got on board the boat, there was hardly anything left of it but shreds. I made up my mind then I would never wear a long dress on another expedition of the kind, but would have a bloomer as soon as I could get it.
Page 85 - This dream she had again and again, and could not interpret it; but when she met Captain Brown, shortly after, behold, he was the very image of the head she had seen. But still she could not make out what her dream signified, till the news came to her of the tragedy of Harper's Ferry, and then she knew the two other heads were his two sons.
Page 3 - Her name deserves to be handed down to posterity side by side with those of Grace Darling, Joan of Arc and Florence Nightingale; for none one of them has shown more courage and power of endurance in facing danger and death to relieve human suffering...
Page 66 - Seward, Secretary of State, would present a petition to Congress for a pension to Harriet Tubman, for services rendered in the Union Army during the late war. I can bear witness to the value of her services in South Carolina and Florida. She was employed in the hospitals and as a spy. She made many a raid inside the enemy's lines, displaying remarkable courage, zeal, and fidelity.
Page 74 - The following account of the subject of this memoir is cut from the Boston Commonwealth of 1863, kindly sent the writer by Mr. Sanborn: "It was said long ago that the true romance of America was not in the fortunes of the Indian, where Cooper sought it, nor in New England character, where Judd found it, nor in the social contrasts of Virginia planters, as Thackeray imagined, but in the story of the fugitive slaves. The observation is as true now as it was before War, with swift, gigantic hand, sketched...