Harriet Tubman and the Combahee River Raid

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A Selective List of Materials about Harriett Tubman, 1821 – 1913

Compiled by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, Beaufort District Collection Manager, Beaufort County Library (SC); First posted: 3 February 2012; Latest revision: 27 March 2014

indexOnline Resources:

  Biography in Context database (DISCUS password required for access from home)

Smart Search, DISCUS and EBSCO databases (DISCUS password required for access from home) results in over 300 hits!

Harriet Tubman (Library of Congress) http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/tubman.html

Harriet Tubman http://www.harriettubman.com/

New York History Net: “The Life of Harriet Tubman” http://www.nyhistory.com/harriettubman/life.htm

PBS: Africans in America, People and Events, Harriet Tubman http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1535.html

View her claim for compensation of her services as a scout, cook, nurse and spy during the Civil War at http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/claim-of-harriet-tubman/

Several federal historic monuments and trails commemorating the life and work of Harriet Tubman are on the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge managed by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. Learn more at http://www.fws.gov/blackwater/harriettubman.html.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has a lot of information about Harriet Tubman at https://www.gilderlehrman.org/search/gli_search/Harriet%20Tubman. You’ll have to register with the Institute to access some of the materials but registration is free. Once you register you’ll have access to more than 100 podcasts by eminent scholars on all eras of American history.
The History Channel highlights 6 videos and 3 photo galleries about Harriet Tubman.
Harriet Tubman and the Combahee River Raid,” by James DeWolf Perry, Tracing Center website.  The Tracing Center’s “mission is to create greater awareness of the extent of the nation’s complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgement, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies. We do this for the purpose of racial justice, healing, and reconciliation, for the benefit of all. 
Combahee River Raid – 150th Anniversary” by Grace Morris Cordial, Beaufort District Collection Connections blog includes a transcription of the Commanding officer’s report to Major-General David Hunter, Commanding Tenth Army Corps, Department of the South as given in the Supplement to the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, volume 14, serial 20, p. 104.

Check out these materials from the Beaufort County Library:

B TUBMAN Harriet Tubman : the road to freedom by Catherine Clinton, 2004 (BEA, HHI)

B TUBMAN Harriet Tubman: myth, memory and history by Milton C. Sernott, 2007 (BEA)

B TUBMAN A woman called Moses [videorecording] by Paul Wendkos, 1991 (LOB, STH)

305.8961 FRE Freedom comin’ [DVD] : a Gullah kinfolk wish by Anita Singleton-Prather, 2006 (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI, LOB)

306.3622 CHR Freeing Charles: The struggle to free a slave on the eve of the Civil War by Scott Christianson, 2010 ( BEA, BLU)

624.27579 DED The dedication of the Harriet Tubman Bridge : [Saturday,] October 18, 2008 [DVD], Michael Allen, speaker (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI, STH)

920 GRE Great women in American history, V.1 [DVD] by Devin Stead, 1996 (BLU)

Contact me via e-mail gracec@bcgov.net for a list of additional materials in the Beaufort County Library system about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

LEGEND: BDC=Beaufort District Collection; BEA=Beaufort Branch; BLU=Bluffton Branch; HHI=Hilton Head Branch; LOB=Lobeco Branch; and, STH=St. Helena Branch

Visit the Beaufort District Collection to see these items:

Tubman, Harriet (1820-1913) [BDC Vertical File] includes among other clippings an English translation of “Gender, Race, and the Idea of Separate Spheres: Neo-Abolitionist Work in South Carolina Sea Islands,” by Wakako Araki originally written in Japanese. Japanese Association for American Studies , no. 19, 2008.

Combahee River Raid, 2 June 1863 [BDC Vertical File]

“Raid of Second South Carolina Volunteers (Col. Montgomery) among the rice plantations on the Combahee, S.C,” Harper’s Weekly, 1863. SC PRINT #43

Harper's Weekly, BDC Print #43                                                                            Combahee River Raid, Harper’s Weekly (Beaufort District Collection)



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