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Kate Clifford Larson and her book on Harriet Tubman

RESCHEDULED to Feb. 16. Kate Larson to shine spotlight on Harriet Tubman, American Hero

February 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In commemoration of African-American History Month, the Winchester Historical Society and the Winchester Multicultural Network will present An Evening with Kate Clifford Larson. Larson will speak about the subject of her book, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, on Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm at the Sanborn Historical House and Cultural Center, on High Street in Winchester.

About Kate Clifford Larson

Kate Clifford Larson, Pd.D., is an American historian, a Harriet Tubman scholar and a Winchester resident. Her 2003 biography of Harriet Tubman, Bound for the Promised Land, was one of the first non-juvenile Tubman biographies published in six decades. Larson is the consultant for the Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study of the National Park Service and serves on the advisory board of the Historic Context on the Underground Railroad in Delaware, Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware.

About Harriet Tubman and Larson’s bibliography

Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And during the century since her death, next to nothing was written about this extraordinary woman aside from juvenile biographies. In the early 2000s, several new scholarly biographies emerged, but even now, the truth about Harriet Tubman is still mired inside a legend woven of racial and gender stereotypes. Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero gives Harriet Tubman the powerful, intimate, meticulously detailed life she deserves.

Drawing from a trove of new primary documents and untapped sources as well extensive genealogical research, Kate Clifford Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman— brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of the West African Gold Coast, Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but refused to spend her life in bondage. While still a young woman she embarked on a perilous journey of self-liberation—and then, having won her own freedom, she returned again and again to liberate much beloved family and friends, tapping into the Underground Railroad.

Yet despite her success, her celebrity, her close ties with Northern politicians and abolitionists, Tubman suffered crushing physical pain and emotional setbacks. Stripping away myths and misconceptions, Bound For the Promised Land presents stunning new details about Tubman’s accomplishments, personal life, and influence, including her relationship with Frederick Douglass, her involvement with John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, and revelations about a young woman who may have been Tubman’s daughter. Here too are Tubman’s twilight years after the war, when she worked for Civil Rights and women’s suffrage, in spite of racist politicians and suffragists who marginalized her contributions.

— Extracted from website on Harriet Tubman.

About the Winchester Historical Society and Cultural Center

The mission of the Winchester Historical Society is to promote an awareness of Winchester’s rich history and share it with the community. The Society achieves its mission by collecting and preserving historic records and artifacts related to Winchester; by its educational programs, exhibitions, and publications; and through its stewardship of the Sanborn Historical and Cultural Center, which serves as the home for the Society and is open to the community for exhibits, meetings, and events.

The Winchester Multicultural Network and Building Inclusive Community

The Winchester Multicultural Network invites you to join us in building a community that is nourished by the richness of our differences, perspectives, experiences, and talents. We believe that multiculturalism is the process of moving beyond tolerance toward the embrace and celebration of the diversity in our community. We welcome your participation in our efforts to promote multiculturalism in Winchester.


An Evening with Kate Clifford Larson is FREE and all are welcome. Light refreshment at 7:00 pm.

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm, Sanborn Historical House and Cultural Center, 15 High Street, Winchester


Sanborn House
15 High Street
Winchester, MA 01890 United States
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