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Three stars. An interesting read, but with some reservations.Beginning: an excellent foundation, showing a general slice of what life was like back then, and how slaves were viewed by people in general, and even touched on how Northerners viewed black people. I had a slight difference of opinion in that John Brown was presented in the light of a good-hearted zealot, when history presents him as a man with a cause so big that he forgot the milk of human kindness and forgot that he had a family to...
Jeez. Seriously. This short book gave me so many ideas for cool movies I can't believe haven't been made. Not only does Tubman herself have some amazing adventures, each deserving of a cool adaptation, but the book also gets into people like John Brown, Elizabeth Van Lew, Robert Smalls, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser, among others, each of whom have tales tailor made for exciting Hollywood productions. Like a good history book, this touches on a lot of good stuff and inspires the reader to look deepe...
"...the midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witness of your devotion to freedom and of your own heroism." (Fredrick Douglass)Heroism is right, Real People being really, really brave. This engaging and informative book is full of inspiring stories that you probably never heard. It's a history book that stresses the human side of history- the people involved, their motivations and their struggles. Each chapter is brief, they can stand on their own but they all tie together. The prose f...
For a small tome written for young people, this book uncovers a lot of history about the Civil War that was new to me. That's one of the things I have enjoyed most, about my two-year odyssey of reading Black history in children's literature: there's so much about Black American history that has yet to be unearthed, much less widely disseminated! Oh, yes, and the illustrations really add to the text.
This is a quick read, and gives you a lot of historical figures to read further about. A dynamic story of a woman who was not going to be a slave anymore, she would be free no matter what. And she escaped, and she went back and helped free more, with the knowledge she would die if caught. Bad ass, is all you can say. So much people need to read, know and share. Check it out.
This is clearly a book written for younger readers (maybe 8-10), but it gives a pretty good exposition, starting with background on slavery, abolition, and the Civil War. It takes a little while to get to the spying, but once there the descriptions of the Black Dispatches and the Combahee River raid are really exciting. Suggestions for additional reading can give the interested reader some good options.
This is a cute, clean-cut chronicle of how Harriet Tubman and others of her same mindset became, though not officially, spies, their actions having contributed to how American history as we know it was spilled out.I personally love the part on different ciphers and how, throughout the book, there are tiny coded messages to decipher (you have to look hard for some of them, as some are hidden in very close to the binding on the page).
Harriet Tubman, also known as the Black Moses, was a run away slave and hero to many. In the book "Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent", by Thomas B. Allen, the story of Harriet Tubman and the Civil War is told.While working on the plantation, Tubman was severely whipped and got blows in the head because of cruelty from the master and overseers. She was able to escape her master's plantation in 1849. She then became a spy, an underground railroad conductor, and participant in the civil war. While readi...
"Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent" is a historical novel focusing on Harriet Tubman's efforts to free slaves, before and during the Civil War. Readers will learn about her many varied efforts and approaches - Underground Railroad, Espionage for the Union, enlisting an "army" of sorts and more. Readers will also learn more about the various forms of codes used during this time. Along your reading journey codes appear. Readers are encouraged to use the the Van Lew Code cipher on page 172 to figure out...
This is a fantastic non-fiction middle grade book that looks at Harriet Tubman’s life by focusing on her contributions to the Civil War spy efforts. Harriet Tubman is the focus of the narrative, but there’s also a ton of facts given on Gullah heritage in SC, African American regiments, warfare technology, and major battles. As an adult, I learned a ton of information, and I love how accessible it is so that my 5th graders could understand and appreciate it, too. The inclusion of the slave spy co...
This was a highly informative biography and history of the Negro role in intelligence work during the Civil War. I consider it non-fiction, even though others don't. There is enough documenting info for me to think that. I also know first hand the difficulties trying to get anything from the government in the way of pensions, even for well-documented male soldiers suffering from obvious war injuries.I thought it was well written and clear for the intended age group and any other, including adult...
Great book telling about the life of Harriet Tubman, especially her role as a slave freer, spy, and the first woman and first black leader of soldiers during the Civil War. I got this book because of her story but also for its coverage of the Black Dispatches, about which little is known and shared. They were incredible assets to the war effort and whose information and ability to be invisible in the world of the white slave owners was invaluable to the war effort. This will be a great resource
So often you hear about Harriet Tubman's involvement with the Underground Railroad. I didn't realize, though, how much of a role she played in the Union espionage, fighting, & even planning, leading, & attending some major attacks on important Southern strategy points. Great & informative read. Would be a great history resource for middle & high schoolers, an easy read, but overall, still really informative.
There was interesting information contained in the book. However, there was at least one page missing in my edition which caused me quite a bit of confusion while I attempted to figure out what happened (it looked like a prior chapter was being reprinted). The title is also a bit misleading. There was very little about Harriet Tubman and her job as a Union spy - it was mostly about other spies, how they were recruited, etc.
This a truly amazing book. The way it tells a story about her life, and the positiveness of her. In this book it tells about the civil war, when slaves become spies in order to help the Union win the war so they could be set free. During this story, Harriet is mentioned. When Harriet is mentioned it talks a little about her life as a slave, being a part of the underground railroad, how she escaped slavery, and how she was a spy.
A pretty good book which details Harriet’s early life and her days as a conductor on the underground railroad. It also details how current and former slaves were utilized as espionage agents during the Civil War including Harriet’s famous raid. The activities of Elizabeth Van Lew and Robert Smalls are told too. Definitely written for a younger audience.
This was so fascinating and an engaging read. With that said, it was given to me as a target read for 4th and 5th graders. I started by reading to my son and having discussions about what everything means; however, without a historical context and higher vocabulary this is not a good 4th-5th grade level book...I would say high school level. As for me, I loved it!
As other reviewers mentioned, this book isn’t perfect, but I think there is a lot of historical data missing from Harriet’s story (the book mentions that many spies destroyed all evidence). I know many of my students are interested in learning more about Harriet after viewing the recent movie. I think this will be a good start. Would love a more detailed and recent YA biography!
This is a wonderful little history book which offered so much information about slaves prior to and during the Civil War. Wow, Harriet Tubman was an underground slave who escaped herself from a Maryland plantation prior to the war. Nat Geo sponsored this book and I am so happy I found it at my local library.
This is an excellent book for someone with limited knowledge and problems with remembering dates. The author managed to convey the time so well that I'd feel comfortable suggesting this to anyone. Thereare so many details in this book that I never learned about in school!
Better than I expected but not as good as I hoped. Definitely a middle ground. A bit dry & I think it could have trouble capturing the imagination & interest of children. Very good information & I did learn things. I think people (Children, adults) should be reading this.
I want to know more. Where did Tubman get her gun? How did a slave end up marrying a freed man? What was UP with her husband ? When she returned to help him get to freedom in the north, he had already remarrier.
Interesting book. Obviously not a deep historical dive, but great intro to the time period and Harriet Tubman (as well as several other key abolitionists). Doesn't talk down to the target audience. Glad I read it!
This book fell off the shelf and onto my foot while I was browsing at a used bookstore. Great information, and even greater resource list in the back, about Harriet Tubman and other enslaved persons who fled plantations to help the Union in the Civil War.
Fantastic information. I learned so much about Harriet Tubman. The writing, however, was on par with a well written high school history paper. There were some sentences that were hard to understand because of their placement of words or clauses. I would still recommend this.
This was chock full of new facts about Harriet Tubman, especially the critical role she played during the Civil War for the Union forces. Easy and enjoyable read. Great copies of historical documents as well.
This is a great book for young kids. It has illustrations, which kids always love and the information is given in a way that could lead to further reading on the subject. i.e. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
Excellent account of the abolitionist side of the civil war. A lot of difficult content for elementary but a good challenge for advanced readers. I was disappointed in so much content that didn’t directly relate to Harriet Tubman as we were aiming for a biographical account of her life.
A great introduction to African-American spies during the Civil War, including Harriet Tubman.
A side of Tubman's life and the lives of other former slaves that I did not know much about