Harriet Tubman guided 300 people to the Promised Land as the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, and never once lost a passenger. While much is written about her life, Tubman could neither read nor write. Despite the fact that she never put down her own record of the events that shaped who she was and who she became, the woman they called Moses continues to be one of the most fascinating people in American history.
With "Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life" (Doubleday; $26), author Beverly Lowry, a critically acclaimed writer and professor of creative nonfiction at George Mason University, turns her talents to one of America's great heroes and captures the many phases of Tubman's life. Pulling from the numerous documents and records surrounding Harriet Tubman, many of which are beautifully illustrated in this biography, Lowery traces Tubman's life from her birth as Araminta Ross in 1822 in Dorchester, Md., to the tragedy and triumph that led to her escape from slavery and her rebirth as General Tubman, who led slave-freeing raids into the heart of the Confederacy.