The Combahee River Raid and Great Children's Books About Harriet Tubman
Being from the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Harriet Tubman holds a special place in my heart. She spent time walking the very grounds I was raised on. I'm very excited about Harriet Tubman being honored with having her picture on the $20 bill. I would have liked Ms. Tubman to be the only person honored on the bill, but apparently she will share the honor with Andrew Jackson.
Small parts of Ms. Tubmans' story are taught in some schools, but I'm hopeful that the move to put her on money will bring more of her triumphs to the forefront. I'd love for more children to be exposed to the intelligence, courageousness, and resilience of Ms. Tubman.
The Combahee River Ferry Raid is one of those many courageous triumphs that I hope our youth will learn about. Harriet Tubman, the "Moses of her people", devised an amazing military rescue during her time in the Sea Islands.
The raid took place in along the Combahee River near Beaufort, South Carolina. Harriet Tubman planned and led the raid, which led to the freedom of thousands of enslaved West Africans.
Visiting the Combahee River and The Harriet Tubman Bridge was one of the first trips my daughter and I took when we began homeschooling. Field trips like these are one of the things I love most about homeschooling. We research and study things that aren't usually taught in school, then we actually visit the sites.
Learn more about the Harriet Tubman Bridge
WATCH: Voices of the Civil War Episode 17: "Combahee River Raid" (YouTube)
HERE ARE 5 GREAT BOOKS WE USED FOR LEARNING ABOUT HARRIET TUBMAN:
1. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People
to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book)
by Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson
This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses. (Amazon.com)
2. Who Was Harriet Tubman
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she traveled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life (she died at the age of ninety-two) and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do. (Amazon.com)
3. Time For Kids: Harriet Tubman: A Woman of
Courage by Editors of TIME For Kids
As a teenage slave, Harriet Tubman stood up to an overseer who was trying to harm another slave. From that time forward, Tubman (above left) fought against unfairness and for what she believed was right. She helped hundreds of African Americans escape on the Underground Railroad.
TIME For Kids® Biographies help make a connection between the lives of past heroes and the events of today. Harriet Tubman's courage and ideals have inspired generations of Americans to fight for equal rights and to stand up for their convictions. (Amazon.com)
4. Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman
by Monica Kulling
An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman's life--from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War. This remarkable true story brings to life one of America's greatest female role models. (Amazon.com)
5. My First Biography: Harriet Tubman
by Marion Dane Bauer
The MY FIRST BIOGRAPHY series brings the biggest life stories to the smallest readers. Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She vowed she would fight to free all slaves. Her perseverance sparked Americans to stand up for equality. With simple, lyrical text and bold, kid-friendly illustrations, this book introduces Harriet Tubman to the youngest readers and inspires them to fight for freedom. Amazon.com