Thursday, December 5, 2019

"She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman" by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

After seeing the movie Harriet (2019) in the theater last month, I decided I needed to know more about Harriet Tubman.  I re-read Freedom Train right away, then wanted a more adult nonfiction account of her life, so I found a couple different ones at the library and put holds on them.  This is the first one that came in.

This was a really fast, engaging read.  I actually wanted it to slow down a few times, and I'm glad I've got another biography of her from the library to try as well (if I can only snatch the time before it's due).  This is definitely a step up from the junior-nonfiction bio Freedom Train, but kind of aimed at teens/young adults, I think.  It has a lot of infographics and illustrations by Monica Ahanonu, which are neat, but make it feel... not quite serious, if that makes sense.

Still, I did learn a lot from this book, both about Harriet Tubman and the world she inhabited.  If you're looking for one book to learn about her life, this is a good one to pick, I think.

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-16 for mentions of sexual activity and violence.


  1. Oh, I know that name! Erica Armstrong Dunbar! She's a really really famous historian of African American women.

    1. Haha! That is exactly what I thought when I found this book!


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