Combee: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and the Gullah Geechee Transformation - Distinguished Speakers Series: Dr. Edda Fields-Black
" ‘Combee’: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and the Gullah Geechee Transformation" is the first original research about Harriet Tubman in more than 15 years and the first ever original research on Tubman’s Civil War service. This narrative history will tell the untold story of the Combahee River Raid from the perspective of Tubman and the enslaved people she helped to free based on new sources not previously used by historians, as well as new interpretations of sources familiar to Tubman’s biographers. It is the story of Harriet Tubman’s Civil War service during which she worked as a cook and nurse in Beaufort, SC, and gathered intelligence among freed people and enslaved blacks. It is the story of enslaved people who labored against their wills on nine rice plantations, ran for their lives, boarded the US gunboats, and sailed to freedom.