Tired of the injustice. Spirit broken by the everyday occurrence of violence & abuse. Fatigued by the fight to keep her family together. Afraid that she would be sold after her former master’s death. It was time to go. To find a better life, North is where she’d flee.
Harriet Tubman was no stranger to hardship and struggle. But by 1849, she had had enough. After her husband refused to escape with her, Tubman set out to find freedom alone, around 90 miles north by way of the underground railroad. She succeed too. But she did not stop there. Tubman returned many times to the dangerous, dirty south with a mission to aid in the freedom of her family members and other slaves via the underground railroad. She became known as the “conductor” of the underground railroad, a complex, secret passageway of supportive households along the route to freedom, that would feed and house runaway slaves. Tubman is often referred to as the Moses of African-Americans, our leader. In 1851, after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed–that required policemen of the north to help capture runaway slaves and send them back to their owners in the south–Tubman rerouted and helped slaves escape to Canada, where slavery was banned. Once the Civil War broke out, Tubman became a cook, nurse and a spy for the Union Army. Liberating more than 700 slaves in South Carolina, Tubman was the first woman to lead an “armed expedition.”
Watch this short, but influential 3 minute video below (courtesy of the History channel), on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and i never lost a passenger.”
“If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.”
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman
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Remember, “every great dream begins with a dreamer” and every success begins with someone who acted upon their dream…
- video: History Channel | Youtube