Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired by Actual Facts

1 CD. 45 min. Recorded Books. 2015. $15.75. ISBN 9781490692760. digital download.
Gr 3–6—Grimes's latest work imagines a conversation between Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony in the hours prior to New York's 28th Annual Suffrage Convention in 1904. Although they've never met, the women know each other by reputation, and they trade stories of their experiences during the Civil War and the temperance and women's suffrage movements. As plausible as this meeting sounds, there is no evidence that the two women ever met, and while they shared several acquaintances, including Frederick Douglass, and believed in similar causes, these details are used by Grimes as literary devices to demonstrate how their lives were indirectly interwoven. Narrator Lizan Mitchell's performance as two of American history's most inspiring and influential individuals will leave listeners wishing for more.
VERDICT Grimes's work delivers a powerful and insightful look at history through the eyes of two women who created it. ["A vanguard piece in an engaging new form that mixes nonfiction with historical fiction": SLJ 1/15 starred review of the Orchard book.]

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