Elizabeth Cobbs: The Tubman Command
AN EVANSTON LITERARY FESTIVAL EVENT
Join us as bestselling author Elizabeth Cobbs discusses her new novel The Tubman Command, based on a thrilling chapter of Civil War history and African American history: the story of how Harriet Tubman led a Union raid to free 750 slaves. In May 1863, out-generaled and out-gunned, a demoralized Union Army had pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Meanwhile--hunted by Confederates, revered by slaves--Harriet Tubman was plotting an expedition behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of bondsmen and recruit them as soldiers. The Tubman Command brings Harriet Tubman to life at the moment of her greatest gamble.
An award-winning novelist, historian, and documentary filmmaker, Elizabeth Cobbs is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestselling novel, The Hamilton Affair, and The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers, which has been made into a musical. She earned her Ph.D. in American history at Stanford University and now holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University and is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. She has served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department and on the jury for thePulitzer Prize in History.