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By Ann Petry

Award-winning, fascinating center grade advent to Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery hero who stands out as the face of the recent $20 bill

The Horn Book referred to as this vintage biography of Harriet Tubman an "unusually well-written and relocating lifetime of the 'Moses of her people.'" An obtainable portrait of the girl who guided greater than three hundred slaves to freedom as a conductor at the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman: Conductor at the Underground Railroad was once an ALA striking publication and a New York Times awesome ebook, and contains an index.

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She liked this place where they lived. The older children worked on nearby farms, so they were still together, as a family. True, the cabin was hot in summer, and filled with cold drafts in the winter, and the smoke from the fireplace half blinded them, but it was still a good place—it was their home. The summers were warm, and there were creeks and inlets and streams in the nearby woods where they could catch fish, surreptitiously, of course, because they weren’t supposed to. Sometimes they even fished in the Big Buckwater River, or set traps in the woods, and thus caught rabbits or squirrels and added a little variety to their food.

In the early morning dark, not yet sunrise, but a grayness in the sky, a slight lifting of the darkness, she heard and recognized the long low notes of the overseer’s horn, calling the field hands to work. Then she would hear the sound of running feet, sound of curses, the thud, thud of blows, falling on the head and back of the last field hand out of the quarter. And so at six, Harriet already knew fear and uneasiness. She knew certain joys too, the joy of singing, the warmth from a pine-knot fire in a fireplace, the flickering light that served as decoration, making shadows on the walls, changing, moving, dancing, concealing the lack of furniture.

Rit gave a long sigh. “I wish the old days were back again. The days when the Master was rich and just raised tobacco, just nothing but tobacco. And everybody worked. Even the little slaves helped squash those fat juicy horn worms that get on the backside of the tobacco leaves. And everybody had plenty to eat and we all felt safe. In the old days the Master never sold off any of his slaves. Everybody knew that and—” Ben agreed with her. “Yes,” he said slowly, “things was better then. It seems like they seesaw more now.

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