Kate Larson

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Kate Clifford Larson is an American historian and Harriet Tubman scholar. Her 2003 biography of Harriet Tubman, Bound for the Promised Land[1] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Larson earned her doctorate in history at the University of New Hampshire. A graduate of Simmons College (B.A. Economics and History, 1980, M.A. 1995) and Northeastern University (MBA, 1986), she lives in Winchester, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College.


As Bound for the Promised Land was published, two other non-juvenile biographies of Tubman were published: Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories, by Jean M. Humez, and Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton.

In 2001, Larson's article The Saturday Evening Girls: a progressive era library club and the intellectual life of working class and immigrant girls in turn-of-the-century Boston was published by The University of Chicago Press.[2]

Another book by Larson, The assassin's accomplice, about Mary Surratt's role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, was published in 2008.[3]

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  1. ^ Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, Ballantine (New York), ISBN 0-345-45627-0
  2. ^ Clifford, Kate (Apr 2001). "The Saturday Evening Girls: A Progressive Era Library Club and the Intellectual Life of Working Class and Immigrant Girls in Turn-of-the-Century Boston". The Library Quarterly 71 (2): 195–230. doi:10.1086/603261. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ The assassin's accomplice: Mary Surratt and the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, Basic Books (New York), ISBN 9781455801909

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