“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.” – Harriet Tubman
Harriet’s selflessness and disregard for personal safety, along with her deep faith in God, enabled her to help family members and many others to escape the chains of slavery.
Harriet Tubman, her immediate family, Master Thompson, and slave hands
Harriet Tubman wanted all her life to be free. She learns of the“underground railroad” and escapes to the Promised Land. Claiming that she can never be free until her family is free, Harriet journeys back and forth rescuing 300 slaves on 17 different missions.
Harriet Tubman (circa 1822-March 10, 1913) served as an African-American abolitionist, intelligence gatherer during the Civil War, a refugee organizer, a raid leader, nurse, lumberjack, cook, and fundraiser. Born in Maryland, Araminta Ross led 17 dangerous missions as a runaway slave, freeing over 300 slaves from the Confederate South.
Harriet Tubman has never tasted true freedom. Having been born and raised into slavery, she works hard and does what she is told. However, she longs to be free and hopes to escape to the Promised Land.
After learning about an “underground railroad” and of a Quaker woman up the river who helps slaves escape, Harriet makes up her mind to flee.
Once at the Quaker woman’s home, Harriet learns that the Underground Railroad is a route guided by “conductors” that leads to the North. She goes forward and makes it to the main station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once there, she is surprised to learn of the many different routes slaves are able to take to freedom. Hearing of her sister’s and family’s preceding sale, however, Harriet vows she will never be free until her family is free. Against the stationmaster’s warnings, she heads back South.
Harriet continues to go back and forth from the North to the South and becomes known as the “Moses of her people.” Despite a $40,000 reward posted for her capture, Harriet successfully rescues her entire family and 300 slaves on 17 separate missions to the dangerous Confederate South.To this day, Harriet Tubman is still remembered as “The Moses of her people.”Her selflessness and disregard for personal safety—along with her deep faith in God—enabled her to aid the escape of enslaved family members and many others.From 1849 to 1860, she continued to help slaves escape to the North through the Underground Railroad.
Did You Know?
• Harriet Tubman was the first American woman to plan and lead a military operation, (the raid at Combahee Ferry), in 1863. This raid freed over 750 slaves.
• Harriet Tubman married John Tubman, a free Black man, in 1844. When she ran away from Maryland, he chose not to join her.
• Upon her death, Harriet Tubman was given a full military burial.
The life of Harriet Tubman continues to inspire generation after generation with her story of inspiration and determination.
If you can imagine living a life of hard work, no education and harsh punishment, you can envision slavery in the 1800s. Harriet Tubman, like most slaves, was born and raised into slavery but longed to escape to the North.
Harriet was a great leader of her time, determined to advance freedom or to die in the effort. She freed over 300 slaves between 1849-1860 and never lost one. Like Moses, she overcame tremendous obstacles to set her people free.
Harriet, although illiterate, began giving lectures calling for the abolition of slavery and a redefinition of woman’s rights. In 1861, when the Civil War began, she served as a nurse, a spy and a scout for the Union army. Harriet was invaluable in all services she rendered!
The pride, heritage and accomplishment of our African-American community today was built on the foundations established by courageous pioneers such as Harriet Tubman. She was, and still is, an inspiration to us all.
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"I just thought I would write to tell you that these videos are by far the best videos I have used in my 30 years of teaching. The students are absolutely enthralled by them. I used the Harriet Tubman video in honor of Harriet Tubman Day, and the results were excellent. There was absolutely not one sound during the entire video, and when I turned it off, my students were sitting in complete silence with a few hands up. They had a number of excellent questions, and the video really stimulated their curiosity to learn more about Harriet Tubman."
– Ken Anderson, Third Grade Teacher, Fall Creek Elementary School, Fall Creek, Wisconsin
Principles and Values Taught in This Video
Indomitable Spirit, Faith, Courage, Trust, Love, Sacrifice, Loyalty, Hope, Compassion, and Confidence.