Beyond the Underground. Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People
London Ladd, Illustration & Karen Nelson, Cover Design
Beyond the Underground. Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People

For the first time, the relatives of Harriet Tubman tell the story of the famed abolitionist within the context of their family lineage. This creative nonfiction work is an intricate mix of family lore, memoir and historical reconstruction. It captures the lives of the family and friends of the Greatest Conductor of the Underground Railroad in a way that separates it from academic works. The book depicts a family, from which an American heroine is born, that survives slavery, gains freedom and begins the journey of creating a new life beyond the shackles of human bondage. 

 

An Introduction: by Joyce Stokes Jones

Hope and a vision of what can be are the salvation of our children. Parents, extended family and teachers of our children must instill in them not only the values of faith and love, but the esteemed value of hope. With hope, anything is possible. Clinging to it, children can transform the world. Beyond the Underground. Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People is a story of optimism. Its purpose is to educate, inspire and celebrate the spirit of freedom and equality. It is a riveting narrative of a woman who epitomizes hope. Harriet Tubman leaves the world a unifying legacy of faith, family, freedom and fortitude. Her message will resonate with the young and old, alike.

This historical account delves into the genealogical roots of my family and its struggle to survive slavery and racism. Beyond the Underground. Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People chronicles my investigation into the circumstances and significant events that shaped the lives of the Green Ross family, while focusing on Harriet (Ross) Tubman, one of America’s greatest and bravest heroines. It is a poignant story that describes, in detail, the nuances and realities of slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and alludes to the paradox of winning freedom in states above the Mason Dixon Line and in Canada. The backbone of this work explores the relationships between family members, their masters, and friends, all of whom helped to shape the Harriet Tubman saga.

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