The Tubman Train by Doug Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It seemed particularly fitting that I finished reading this book on the International Day of The Woman.
I doubt that there’s anyone in the United States who has never heard of Harriet Tubman. She was an illiterate escaped slave, who in turn rescued more than 70 of her fellow slaves from bondage and into freedom.
This novel starts with her at approximately age 7 and carries on through about age 80. We see some of the better-documented incidents of her life, such as her narcolepsy, as well as some based solely in legend. The author has a note at the end about which incidents were elaborated upon for story-telling purposes, which were absolutely real, and which were made up entirely.
The author also includes a brief bibliography at the end for those who may be interested in learning more.
In any event, this is a well-executed piece of historical fiction about a woman of color who is deserving of hero status. Highly recommended.
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