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Past Event

The Tubman Command

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

The Tubman Command is an impeccably researched historical novel that brings to light the bravery and brilliance of American icon Harriet Tubman. It’s May 1863. Outgeneraled and outgunned, a demoralized Union Army has pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion, taunts the American Navy with its artillery and underwater mines. In Beaufort, South Carolina, a female spy, code named “Moses,” is hatching a spectacular plan. Hunted by Confederates, revered by slaves, a bounty on her head, Tubman plots an expedition behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of bondsmen and recruit them as soldiers. Gen. David Hunter places her in charge of a team of black scouts, even though he is skeptical of what one woman can accomplish. The Tubman Command tells the story of Tubman at the height of her powers, when she devises the largest plantation raid of the Civil War.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

May 6, 2019

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Elizabeth Cobbs

Professor and Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History, Texas A&M University; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Author, The Tubman Command


5:30 p.m. check-in
6 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing