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Thu, Sep 09


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Sept 2021 Book Program

Travel back with novelist and historian Elizabeth Cobbs to share the daring exploits of Harriet Tubman in a Union military raid behind enemy lines in South Carolina.

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Sept 2021 Book Program
Sept 2021 Book Program

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Sep 09, 2021, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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About the Author

Acclaimed author Elizabeth Cobbs is a woman of impeccable credentials. Holder of the Melbern Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University, Professor Cobbs has a Ph.D. in American history from Stanford University, where she is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She was a Fulbright scholar in Ireland and has also been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  Elizabeth Cobbs has served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department as well as on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in History. Learn more about Elizabeth Cobbs and her other work on her website.  About — Elizabeth Cobbs

About the Book

The Tubman Command (2019) is a novel based on a little-known chapter of Civil War history: how Harriet Tubman led a Union raid to free 750 slaves. In May 1863, the Union Army was demoralized after massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion, threatened the US Navy with its artillery and underwater mines. In Beaufort, South Carolina, a very special woman, code named Moses, hatched a spectacular plan. Hunted by Confederates, revered by slaves, Harriet Tubman plotted a river boat expedition behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of bondsmen from plantations and recruit them as soldiers. With a bounty on her head, without her husband and home, she fought for the noblest cause: a free nation of, by, and for all the people.

Book Trailer and Reviews

The Tubman Command: A Novel on Vimeo

“Cobbs paints a vivid portrait of Tubman at the heart of one of the most innovative, daring, and dangerous missions of the Civil War. The heroic and brilliant Tubman is brought vividly to life as a flesh-and-blood woman and a strong and cunning leader in this compelling and instructive fictional tribute.”  Booklist

“Rich historical detail adds texture, but the highlight is Harriet, a woman who repeatedly risks her life for the freedom of others. [A] terrific portrait of Tubman.”  Publishers Weekly 

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