Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Review of "Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet Tubman," by Ann McGovern

 Review of

Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet Tubman, by Ann McGovern

Five out of five stars

Why Tubman deserves to be on the $20 bill

 In response to the public outcry to have a female in the American $20 bill, there was a survey, and the consensus was that Harriet Tubman should be on the new form of that currency. Yet, many people do not know the significant role that Tubman played in the removal of slavery from the American society.

 She was born a slave and lived for many years under significant oppression until she was able to escape. Once she was free, rather than simply settle in one spot and agitate against slavery, Tubman risked her freedom and even her life in going back into slave states. Guiding runaway slaves back into the free states and often all the way to Canada. She was very much a wanted person, yet that did not deter her from her life’s mission.

 While this book is short, it is complete in the sense that the reader is able to learn why she was so important in the movement to overturn the slave trade. Young people will come away understanding why she deserves the honor of being on one of the most widely used items of paper currency.

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