Note from Editor

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Dear Reader,

We hope that you enjoy this volume on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. It is an issue that reflects a variety of research, reflections, and reactions to one of the most recognizable women in American history. As with any historical figure, Tubman's life has been the subject of numerous reinterpretations and reassessments over the years. Our purpose here is to introduce some of the broader questions surrounding Harriet Tubman and her role in the Underground Railroad. We want to discuss how these issues impact her legacy in the state of New York. To accomplish this goal, we have included a variety of perspectives.

Kate Clifford Larson's article peels back some of the mythology surrounding Tubman to explore the harsh challenges she faced in liberating slaves and the extensive network she used in the state of New York. The second article by William Siener and Thomas Chambers employs an interdisciplinary approach to confirm which of the bridges Harriet Tubman crossed at Niagara Falls. In addition, the article illustrates the contested meaning of Harriet Tubman in public history and how her legacy continues to be a source of controversy.

Alan Singer's essay reviews recent literature and debates about the Harriet Tubman that we know through childhood stories and books. …