Harriet Tubman, 1821 – 1913, sought first her own freedom and then facilitated the freedom of others through the Underground Railroad. She came to Beaufort District, South Carolina during the Civil War as a scout, nurse and spy helping bring freedom to hundreds of enslaved African Americans living along the Combahee River in June 1863.
The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of the South Carolina lowcountry wedged between the Combahee (pronounced “Kum’ bee”) and Savannah Rivers. BDC staff and docents are stewards who collect, protect and share unique historical materials about local history, Gullah culture, natural southeastern coastal environment, family history and archaeology of the area now covered by Beaufort County, Hampton County and Jasper counties in South Carolina. This list was compiled by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, the Beaufort District Collection manager. Latest revision: 27 August 2018. All links verified as of 31 March 2017.
DISCUS databases provided by the State Library to the public libraries in South Carolina require a password for access from home. Using the SmartSearch feature and searching on “Harriet Tubman” results in 27,388 hits on 31 March 2017. Visit your local public library to see if it provides access to this or similar research databases.
“Who Lived this History? The Combahee Raid” on the wonderful Lowcountry Africana website uses newspaper reports, planter statements and Freedmen’s Bank Records to compile a list of some of the enslaved people who were freed during this raid.
“The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman,” TED Lesson by Jannell Hobson, Posted 24 July 2018, 4 minutes 48 seconds video.
Harriet Tubman: Online Resources compiled by Angela McMillian (Library of Congress) http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/tubman
Harriet Ross Tubman Day in Delaware http://www.harriettubman.com/
New York History Net: “Harriet Tubman Home” http://www.nyhistory.com/harriettubman/
PBS: Africans in America, People and Events, Harriet Tubman http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1535.html
View Tubman’s 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/refuge/Blackwater/about/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.
“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.” http://www.tracingcenter.org/blog/2013/06/harriet-tubman-and-the-combahee-river-raid/
“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. http://beaufortdistrictcollectionconnections.blogspot.com/2013/06/combahee-river-raid-150th-anniversary.html
“Historians for Tubman on the $20”, Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, 13 August 2018 is an audio interview with historians Elizabeth Cobb and Catherine Clinton (Approximately 21 minutes) https://www.wnyc.org/story/historians-tubman-20/
“Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill?” by Matthew Wills , 22 May 2015 JSTOR Daily http://daily.jstor.org/harriet-tubman-20-bill/
“Anti-slavery Activist Harriet Tubman to replace Jackson on $20 Bill” by Gregory Korte, USA Today, 21 April 2016 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/20/report-lew-considered-anthony-10-bill/83274530/
“Treasury Decides to Put Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill” NPR, 20 April 2016 http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/474983292/treasury-decides-to-put-harriet-tubman-on-20-bill
“Harriet Tubman will be Face of the $20”
“Trump: Tubman on the $20 bill is ‘pure political correctness'” by David Wright, CNN, 21 April 2016 http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/politics/donald-trump-tubman-bill-political-correctness/
“Album with rare 1860s photo of Harriet Tubman sells for $161G” Associated Press, 30 March 2017, 3:00 PM http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/rare-harriet-tubman-photo-1860s-auction-article-1.3013682
Check out these materials from the SCLENDS consortium libraries:
B TUBMAN Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, portrait of an American hero by Kate Clifford Larson, 2004.
B TUBMAN Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton, 2004.
B TUBMAN Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History by Milton C. Sernott, 2007.
B TUBMAN A Woman called Moses [DVD] by Paul Wendkos, 1991.
305.8961 FRE Freedom Comin’ [DVD] : A Gullah Kinfolk Wish by Anita Singleton-Prather, 2006.
306.3621 GRI 2014 Combahee River Raid: Harriet Tubman & Lowcountry Liberation by Jeff Grigg, 2014.
306.3622 CHR Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War by Scott Christianson, 2010.
624.27579 DED The Dedication of the Harriet Tubman Bridge : [Saturday,] October 18, 2008 [DVD], 2008.
920 GRE Great Women in American History, V.1 [DVD] by Devin Stead, 1996.
920.07579 MUL Legendary Locals of Hilton Head by Barbara Muller, 2013.
975.799 SIN Hidden History of Hilton Head by Alice E. Sink, 2010.
Additional materials can be identified by searching the SCLENDS catalog.
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; “Doing ‘Good Brave Work’: Harriet Tubman’s Testimony at Beaufort, South Carolina” by Benjamin Guterman, Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration, Fall 2000, pp.  – 165; and, photocopies of some National Archives materials among other clippings.
Combahee River Raid, 2 June 1863 [BDC Vertical File]
Combahee Ferry Historic District [BDC Vertical File]
SC PRINT #43 “Raid of Second South Carolina Volunteers (Col. Montgomery) among the rice plantations on the Combahee, S.C,” Harper’s Weekly, July 4, 1863.
B TUBMAN Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson, 2004.
SC 305.896 MAT The Materiality of Freedom: Archaeology of Post Emancipation Life edited by Jodi A. Barnes, 2011. See the chapter “Excavating Inspiration: Archaeology at the Harriet Tubman Home, Auburn, New York,” by Douglas Armstrong, pp. 263-276.
SC 305.8961 FRE Freedom Comin’ : A Gullah Kinfolk Wish [DVD] by Anita Singleton-Prather, 2006.
SC 306.3621 GRI 2014 Combahee River Raid: Harriet Tubman & Lowcountry Liberation by Jeff Grigg, 2014.
SC 624.27579 DED The Dedication of the Harriet Tubman Bridge : [Saturday,] October 18, 2008 [DVD], 2008.
SC 920.07579 MUL Legendary Locals of Hilton Head by Barbara Muller, 2013.
SC 975.799 SIN Hidden History of Hilton Head by Alice E. Sink, 2010.
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This list of links and materials was selected by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, Manager of the Beaufort County Library’s (SC) special local history collection and archives unit, the Beaufort District Collection. First posted: 3 February 2012; Latest revision: 31 March 2017. All links verified as of 31 March 2017.