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Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad [Paperback]

By Ann Petry (Author)
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Recounts Harriet Tubman's daring escape from slavery and her heroic efforts that brought three hundred African Americans to freedom through the Underground Railroad

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Born a slave, Harriet Tubman dreamed of freedom. And through hard work and her willingness to risk everything-including her life-she was able to make that dream come true.But after making her escape, Harriet realized that her own freedom was not enough. So she became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and devoted her life to helping others make the journey out of bondage. An invisible threat to plantation owners, she served as a symbol of strength and inspiration for her people. She was the legendary "Moses," delivering hundreds from the desert of slavery.With indisputable narrative skill, Ann Petry recreates the life of a woman of great strength, bravery, and unshakeable moral fiber.

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  • Ebony - 09/01/2008 page 54

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Amistad
Pages   247
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 14, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  10-14
ISBN  0064461815  
ISBN13  9780064461818  

Availability  0 units.

More About Ann Petry

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ann Petry (1908-1997), a black novelist, short story writer, and writer of books for young people, is one of America's most distinguished authors. Ann began by studying pharmacology, and in 1934, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy. She worked as a registered pharmacist in Old Saybrook and in Lyme, and during these years wrote several short stories. When she married George David Petry in 1938, the course of her life changed. They lived in New York City, and Ann went to work for the Harlem Amsterdam News. By 1941, she was covering general news stories and editing the women's pages of the People's Voice in Harlem. Her first published story appeared in 1943 in the Crisis, a magazine published monthly by the NAACP. Subsequent to that, she began work on her first novel, The Street, which was published in 1946 and for which she received the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Mrs. Petry has written two more novels, The Country Place and The Narrows, and numerous short stories, articles and children's books. In addition, she was appointed visiting professor of English at the University of Hawaii (1944 - 45) and has lectured widely throughout the United States. Ann returned with her husband to Old Saybrook in 1947 and lived there until here death. They have one daughter.

Ann Petry lived in Old Saybrook, in the state of Connecticut. Ann Petry was born in 1908 and died in 1996.

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Good mid-level reader book  Mar 12, 2007
I got this book for my 3rd grade daughter who is reading slightly above grade level. The stories of Tubman's life were a bit dry (not really a dramatic telling), and the historical fact segments inserted into each chapter lacked context. But the general sense of the scope of her work on the railroad, her personal commitment, and the additional things she did in her life were generally well communicated. Readers certainly come away with a greater appreciation for Tubman's contribution despite numerous personal challenges.
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad  Jan 26, 2006
The southern United States, in the 1800's was a land of the tobacco and cotton industry, and a land of slaves. Born in 1821, Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Maryland, and then she never thought that she would be the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. Early as a child, Harriet, or Minta, as she was called, was often sold from person to person, after getting a blow to the head from her master, because she wouldn't help capture an escaped slave. In her later years, she escaped to the north and became a free person. Then, after she beomes free, she helps the slaves that she knows from her old home escape through the hidden passes thus becoming a conductor for the Underground Railroad. All was well until a new law is passed: The Fugitive Slave Law, a law in which any runaway slave in the free states can be brought back to their original masters. Because of this, Harriet Tubman starts to take her runaway passengers to St. Catherines, Canada, where all former slaves would be free from the Fugitive Slave Law. Soon, after taking large numbers of slaves to Canada, Harriet makes a huge decision to take her parents along with her on her next journey. After a hard, back-breaking journey, they finally make it to St. Catherines. However, after transporting close to 300 runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman ended her journey and started a new one serving as a spy and a nurse. Before and after dying in 1913, Harriet Tubman was recognized as a great person and as a "Moses" to many of the escaped slaves that she rescued. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad, by Ann Petry, is a great biography that has suspense, adventure, and tells a great and accurate version of Harriet Tubman and her life.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad, is an excellent historical biography, full of suspense as to what will happen to the slaves. One good example of this is when Tubman is facing her master, ordering her to catch an escaped slave, and waiting to see what will happen should she not do so. Also, when Harriet tries to rescue her parents, Old Rit and Old Ben, you can't wait to find out what becomes of them. While stealing a horse and wagon to help her parents, Harriet comes face to face with the keeper of the horse stable. The reader will wonder what will happen next. Will she escape or will the keeper catch her?

This book also had a great portion of adventure. When Harriet had started out on her journey, she wandered out into a land that she had never saw before. She never knew what lied beyond a few miles or so. She ventured out and was always on guard of being caught by the slave patrols. The hardest part of Tubman's journeys and escapes was convincing her parents to flee, but eventually they are convinced and Tubman takes them as far as Canada.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad, by Ann Petry, does a good job in accurately describing and presenting the right dialogue for Harriet Tubman. Petry described Tubman as she is known from history, a short, muscular woman who had the strenght and heart to set her people free. Being called "Moses" for setting her people free from slavery, earned her name in history. The use of dialogue from the period also served in making the book more interesting.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad, by Ann Petry, is a great biography to read for not only the history, but for the adventure, the suspense, and the satisfaction that one person can make a difference. I rate this book a total of five stars out of five.

A. Chappell
Harriet Tubman Conductor on the Underground Railroad  Dec 29, 2005
This is a very well writen book. It discuses the main idea of being a slave in Harriet's time. I loved reading this book it was a good book for a Social Studies report. I enjoyed reading about her freeing slaves. I would recomend this book o anyone.
Harriet Tubman ***Conductor on the Underground Railroad  May 7, 2004
I liked my book because it tells you that women in the old days did alot of work.I liked the book because it talks about some of my history.I also,liked the book because she wasn't just thinking about her freedom but other peoples freedom too. The one thing I didn't like was that slavery exsisted in the first place. I also, didn't like the the book because if you ran away the master will hire people to chop off one of your body pieces.
Harriet Tubman-Conductor on the Underground Railroad  Jun 10, 2002
This book is basically about the life of the courageous Harriet Tubman. She was born a slave on a Maryland plantation. She grew up to become a woman of great moral courage. Harriet was the first to escape alone on the Underground Railroad to reach freedom, and then go back. She led over three hundred black men, women, and children past swamps, forests, rivers, and secret hiding places. Harriet Tubman never got caught, and never lost a passenger, and people that she helped called her "Moses."

The reason I had to read this book was for a class assignment. Our class assignment was called "Literature Circles." We were put into groups to read and discuss the book our teacher assigned us. Fortunately, we got this one. At first, I didn't think that this would be good book, but as I got in to it more, it became more interesting. It was an "okay" book.

My favorite part in the book was when they were talking about Harriet Greene a.k.a. Old Rit. When I read this certain part in the beginning it made me laugh. It was hilarious. They kept on talking about how many children she had. Also how and what they named their children. I don't know why, but I just thought that part was amusing.


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