Kate Clifford Larson is an American historian and Harriet Tubman scholar. 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.
Early life and education
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.
Awards and honors
- Legacy Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.
- Price Research Fellowship, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
- Fellowship, John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, Brown University
- University Dissertation Fellowship, University of New Hampshire
- Margaret Storrs Grierson Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
- Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship, Boston Athenaeum
- and other fellowship and research enhancement awards from the University of New Hampshire.
- Kate Larson in Harriet Tubman
- Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, Ballantine (New York), ISBN 0-345-45627-0
- 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.
- The assassin's accomplice: Mary Surratt and the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, Basic Books (New York), ISBN 9781455801909
- http://www.harriettubmanbiography.com/ Kate Larson's Harriet Tubman website.
- February 10, 2004 Boston Athenaeum lecture
- Review of recent Tubman biographies
- Underground Railroad Research Forum User Profile: Kate Clifford Larson
- NPS Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study